Worried over a spate of temple thefts, a group of people staged a dharna outside the collectorate in Barmer, and performed a ‘hawan’ on Thursday, seeking divine help for the police to solve the cases.
“This year about a 100 temple theft cases have been recorded in Barmer, but police could be able to solve only 30. Despite CCTV footage evidence, some cases could not be cracked,” said Praveen Singh Aagore, Barmer district chief of Karni Sena.
“As this matter (temple thefts) relates to people’s faith, authorities are expected to take the incidents seriously and act accordingly. Despite a 100 temple theft cases, authorities in Barmer remain negligent.”
Aagore said they were forced to go on a hunger strike after authorities ignored their plea. “For the past one month, we have been urging the police and district administration to take the temple theft cases seriously and solve them at the earliest.”
He said they would call a Barmer bandh on May 9 if theft cases were not be solved. “Our demand is to solve these cases and ensure security to temples.”
He said thieves have stopped fearing the police, leading to rise in temple thefts graph. “We have no other option but to invoke the god. We performed hawan at the dharna spot and invoked the god to give wisdom to the police so that they can crack the temple theft cases.”
On Hanuman Jayanti last month, Barmer Municipal Council (BMC) employees, including the commissioner, worshipped lord Hanuman, seeking an end to corrupt practices in the civic body.