Robbers strike at Mayur Vihar temple
Three robbers broke into the Shri Shubh Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Mayur Vihar Phase-I and made away jewellery and cash worth Rs 5 lakh on Monday night. This is the second such incident in the city within a week.delhi Updated: Mar 18, 2009 01:25 IST
It seems even Gods are not safe in the Capital.
Three robbers broke into the Shri Shubh Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Mayur Vihar Phase-I and made away jewellery and cash worth Rs 5 lakh on Monday night. This is the second such incident in the city within a week.
Brijesh Pandey, a security guard at the temple, said around 1:00 a.m. on Monday night, three robbers entered the temple — frequented by politicians and bureaucrats — through the rear door by breaking its iron grille.
The police said that at the time of the incident, another security guard, Vijay Pandey, was on duty at the main entrance of the temple. “He did not hear the sound of the iron grille being broken as the nearby road was being constructed. The three robbers caught hold of Vijay and tied his hands and legs with a rope,” said a senior police officer.
The robbers then broke open four donation boxes and took the cash. They took away the ornaments of the idols. The temple has 13 idols decorated with gold and silver ornaments.
The police said Word Security Services, Kalkaji, handles the security of temple. They are not ruling out the involvement of the guards. “One of the guards joined just a few months back. We are questioning him to see if it is an inside job,” said a senior police officer.
DCP Anand Mohan said that a case had been registered. “The police are recording the statements of the security guards and investigation is in progress,” he said.
The priest of the temple, Narayan Nagraj, came to know about the robbery after Vijay Pandey raised an alarm.