THIEVES struck at the ancient Chausat Yogini Marimata temple located near the Rajkumar Overbridge and stole a golden crown and change from the donation boxes on Monday night. They did not evens pare the dome of the temple.
According to sources, temple priest Rajendra Jagannath Awle discovered the theft when he found the lock on the temple gate broken and the premise ransacked on Tuesday. The collection boxes had also been pried open and most of the change was missing. It was later found that the thieves had only taken change in the denomination of Rs 1 and above. The stolen change amounts to above Rs 3,000.
The thieves did not stop at this, but also stole the golden crown of the deity, silver umbrella ‘chhatra’, brass utensils and other valuable items used in performing ‘puja’. However, the most striking part was the theft of the ‘Shikhar’. The temple is built on a raised platform and has a good height and is easily visible from all sides, especially from the bridge.
The theft of such a structure has stunned the police and left everyone dumbfounded. The theft has hurt the sentiments of devotees and a large number of local residents gathered at the temple on Tuesday demanding immediate arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.
City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Arvind Tiwari said that there was possibility of drug addicts having committed the theft, as there is a large presence of such people beneath the bridge. However, other angles are also being explored. Tukoganj police have made a ‘kaymi on zero’. As the area lying near the railway tracks falls under the jurisdiction of the Government Railway police (GRP) the case is being transferred to them.