Fearing God’s wrath, a gang of robbers allegedly returned a gold-plated silver crown — worth Rs 10,000 — minutes after stealing it from a Sai baba temple on Monday.
Ravishankar Misra, watchman of Sai Ashram housing society in sector 14 of Kopar Khairane, where the incident occurred, said: “Around 3am, seven masked men beat me up and threatened me with a knife. They took the crown that was placed on the idol and asked me the material of which it was made. The gang then jumped across the compound wall to the neighbouring society.”
“Even before I could recover from the shock, one of the men returned, gave back the crown and left,” he said.
Meanwhile, the security guard of the neighbouring society raised an alarm after which the gang fled.
The police, however, feel the story has been concocted. Vasant Bane, police sub-inspector, Kopar Khairane police station, said, “We have registered a case of assault on the watchman. He seems to be cooking up the story for cheap publicity.”
Rajesh Anand, secretary of the society, said, “Why would the watchman lie? He could have easily claimed that the men took away the crown and kept the crown to himself.”
The police have recorded a non-cognisable offence stating that four drunk men beat up the watchman. “A case should have been lodged. Though this time the robbers didn’t steal anything, the next time wouldn’t be the same,” said Anand.
The housing societies in the area plan to hold a meeting on rising incidents of crime in the area and approach the police commissioner for action.