Three gold chains weighing over 200 grams, besides wallets, cash and mobile phones of 16 people were snatched or pick-pocketed during a religious function at Jain Temple, Sector 28, where Jain guru Tarun Sagar Maharaj was present, at 6pm on Sunday.
Hundreds of devotees had gathered at the temple to wash the feet of the maharaj when the first snatching from a woman came to light.
One of the complainants Sanjay Jain, a resident of Sector 40 said, “I was washing the feet of Maharaj, when my brother warned me to button up my pocket as I was carrying a lot of cash. I told him that the temple is safe. I also asked him to hand over his wallet to me. However, just after five minutes of the warning, I found my wallet missing. I am shocked. There were Rs 30,000 in the wallet. Other important documents like my Aadhar card and driving licence are also gone.”
Investigating officer Dilbag Singh from Sector 26 police station said, “There is a joint complaint by 13 people who were a part of the religious gathering. Gold chains of two-three ladies have been snatched while wallets, mobile phones and other important documents like driving licences are also missing.”
He added, “It was a major rush as the religious leader had come from out of town and 108 people had to wash his feet. Security was high, but we cannot afford to stop any vehicle. A case has been registered under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code.
DSP (east) Satish Kumar, however, said, “The footage of the event has been taken. It is the work of an organised gang.”
There are 13 complainants in the case. Rashi Jain of Sector 21 lost his gold chain; Sanjay Jain, of Sector 40 who lost Rs 30,000; Santosh Jain, of Sector 21 lost a gold chain with a pendant; Nikhil Jain of Sector 35B has his wallet comprising Rs 800 missing; Pramod Jain, of Panchkula had his chain snatched. Other complainants in the case are RP Jain, of Sector 38(W); Nisha Jain, of Panchkula; Kusum Jain Sector 29, Nitin Jain of Sector 49; Veena Jain of Sector 8; Pramod Jain of Panchkula; Ashok Kumar Jain of Hallomajra and Mahinder Jain of Sector 7.
Pramod Jain (60), one of the complainants said, “I was standing in a queue that was on its way out after washing the Maharaj’s feet. I realised my gold chain was missing. When my son raised an alarm, a couple of other women of my age also cried out that their chains were also missing. There were 16 people who had their valuables snatched or stolen. Three left without lodging a complaint.”
Jain Society Sector 27 president Naratan Jain said, “As devotees were busy in prayers, nobody realised that their chains have been snatched and pick-pocketing has been done. Only after a woman who had lost her chain raised an alarm, the other followers got alerted. A gang of women could be behind the incidents.”