A gang of thieves targeted a Jain temple in Nehru Nagar and made off with 11 silver chattras (dome) and Rs 1.25 lakh cash on Sunday. The Kamla Nagar police have registered a case and started investigation.
According to the police, the temple is multi-storeyed and thieves had targeted the second floor of the building. Police feel that the thieves may have barged into the temple from an adjoining building.
Though there were security guards, priest and staffers who live at the temple, they could not sense the presence of thieves. Temple's cultural secretary, Rajkumar Jain, said the accused was someone who knew the temple very well.
"The thieves targeted the temple's second floor and barged into the building from an adjoining building. It seems that they knew about the temple very well or they were tipped off by someone close to the temple," said Jain, who runs a sweet shop.
The temple management later approached the Kamla Nagar police station and lodged a complaint. Jain's sweet shop and one of the neighbhouring shops were also burgled.
"I was at the Kamla Nagar police station to lodge a complaint about the temple's theft in the morning. I was informed about the theft in my shop and a neighbouring shop in TT Nagar area. I approached the TT Nagar police station and lodged a complaint," he added.