UNIDENTIFIED MISCREANTS damaged two idols at the Pipleshwar Mahadev temple, Nai Bagar, Ranipura, and stole their weapons. The incident occurred early on Monday morning and as soon as members of the saffron brigade got a whiff of it, they landed there and first staged a demonstration and chanted slogans at the temple site and later went to the Central Kotwali police station demanding the arrest of those responsible for the theft and damage to the idol.
The miscreants had targeted the idols of Goddess Kali and Goddess Durga. They stole the one-foot long sword that Goddess Durga, and a three-foot long trident of Goddess Kali. While attempting to wrench the trident from Goddess Kali’s hand, a portion of the arm and several fingers of the Goddess were damaged.
According to the police the incident occurred just after 5 am. CSP Arvind Tiwari, who was among the first to reach the spot, said that the theft appeared to be handiwork of some petty thieves who might also be drug addicts. He ruled out the possibility that it was done deliberately to provoke communal sentiments. He said a case of theft under Section 379 of IPC had been registered against unidentified miscreants.
However, to prevent any untoward incidents in the communally sensitive area – since Bajrang Dal activists had reached the site – a posse of policemen reached the spot and stood guard there, and the matter subsided.
Later, led by Bajrang Dal leader Manoj Malpani, around 20 to 25 Dal and other saffron activists reached the Central Kotwali police station and demanded swift action. They blamed some of the local drug addicts for the crime.