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Durgiana Temple robbery: In a bid to crack Rs 6 lakh theft, cops unearth bigger fund loot

Confession: The cashier, who was arrested on Friday, said that he had stolen over Rs 20 lakh from the Temple that was recovered from him, but claimed that he did not steal Rs 6 lakh.

punjab Updated: Oct 22, 2017 13:58 IST
HT Correspondent
Police investigating the crime scene at Durgiana Temple office complex in Amritsar.
Police investigating the crime scene at Durgiana Temple office complex in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The city police have still not found the culprit of the Rs6 lakh theft that took place at the Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on Diwali eve. Meanwhile, in a bid to solve the case, the police have reportedly unearthed a bigger theft of the temple funds.

Vishal, the Temple cashier, who was arrested on Friday in connection with the loot, has confessed to the police that he had stolen Rs20 lakh, that was recovered from him, from the exchequer of the Temple. However, he refuted the charges of stealing Rs6 lakh, said the police. His confession has added another twist to the case. 

Vishal was on duty of cashier at the prashad counter. The amount stolen on Diwali eve was earned from sales of prashad. The temple’s managing committee came to know about the theft when one packet of the currency notes kept in the almirah went missing. On total, there were two packets of cash.

The cashier is said to have had an understanding with two accomplices. The three were indulged in bungling of money for past 4-5 years, said the police.

Vishal used to delete the detail of earnings from the computer with the help of a computer operator-cum-technician, who is also a suspect in the case. He used to bungle Rs 10,000- Rs 20,000 daily. He used to get only Rs9,000 monthly salary, but used to lived in a lavish house with luxury facilities. It is yet to be assessed as to how much of the bungled funds were spent on his house.

Regarding the Rs6 lakh loot, it was learnt that the thieves had fled with notes of Rs2,000 denomination, and had left the Rs500, Rs100, Rs50 and Rs10 denomination notes, worth around Rs7 lakh, that were kept in a wooden almirah. Around 10 staff members, including two cashiers and security guards, were rounded up by the civil lines police.