Thief prays before stealing crown from temple in Hyderabad, police not ready to pardon


HYDERABAD: A thief was captured CCTV praying to Durga before stealing the crown of the Goddess at a temple in Hyderabad on Wednesday.


Though the man appeared satisfied that Durga has forgiven his unholy act, the police is not ready to forgive him. They have mounted a massive hunt for the clues on the ‘devotional thief’ across the city.

The bizarre incident happed at 6.20 pm on Wednesday, when the man walked into the Durga Bhavani temple in Abids and decamping with the silver crown adorning the goddess. Before lifting the crown, he did the penance by holding his ears and bowing to the goddess for several minutes. Later, he tucked the crown in his shirt and walked away, according to a report in Times of India.

Devotion, it appears, isn’t enough to prevent a crime, even in a temple. A ‘devotional’ thief was caught on camera offering prayers to a deity, seconds before stealing the idol’s crown on Wednesday evening.

Seeing that the crown was tied to the idol with what seems to be a thick thread or a necklace, he is seen trying to untangle it.  As he struggles to do so, he takes a break, to continue his prayers, before finally untangling it and making away with the idol, by hiding it in his clothes, a News Minute report said.

The Abids police, which swung into action following raging protests from the faithful, has registered a case against him under Section 380 (Theft in dwelling house) of Indian Penal Code.

"The custodians of the temple approached us last night and filed a complaint and we have registered a case. Further investigation is underway," SHO Kandula Ravi Kumar from the Abids police station was quoted by TNM as saying.

Earlier this year, three crowns were stolen from the of Sri Govinda Raja Swamy temple in Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati town. The three crowns which were stolen, weighed approximately 1,351 gm and were valued at around Rs 50 lakh.

The police managed to crack the case after close to three months, but the accused had already melted the crowns and was looking to sell the gold, when he was arrested, the TNM report said.

Image Credit: News Minute


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