Centuries-old Raghunath temple here has been robbed on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday, and property worth of lakh has been stolen.
Kullu superintendent of police Vinod Kumar Dhawan said, “Silver weighing approximately 40kg and gold around 165gm has been reported missing from the temple, and was worth Rs 23 lakh.”
Police has suspected local connection behind the crime and special investigation team has been set up to nab the culprits. Forensic experts' team has visited the site.
Robbers had broken the wall from the rear side and made a hole to enter the temple premises, where the antique idols of lord Ram and goddess Sita were kept.
According to sources the idols were left behind.
Dhawan urged people here to install high quality closed circuit television camera (CCTV) in temples, for which they could seek police help. This would prevent such robberies of temples, not only in Kullu but across the state.
Raghunath temple was established in 1637, when raja Jagat Singh, the erstwhile ruler of the Valley, brought the antique idols of lord Ram and Sita.
A similar robbery happened at Bachhunchh under sub division Rohru of Shimla district last year. The robbers killed the temple guard, but were later held in Delhi.
There are over 220 temples in Kullu with no security guards, which are becoming easy target of robbers.
Mahipal Gaur a local resident said that this was the first such incident in this temple.