Security lapse led to the night-time theft at the historic Raghunath Temple on Tuesday, said Himachal Lokhit Party chief and member of Kullu legislative assembly Maheshvar Singh.
Blaming the police, Singh, who is also a trustee of the temple, said the lack of police patrolling at night had compromised the security of temples in the town. The shortage of staff faced by the police department was the reason behind the security lapse, he said.
"The state government must intervene and make an appropriate policy for the protection of such temples. It should provide financial aid to install closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) at such important temples, which will help police nab the culprits," he said.
Singh said he suspected the hand of local people in the crime.
"From the way the thieves entered (by breaking down the back door), I think the thieves knew the layout of the temple. I do not think any outsider would have been able to do this," he said.
He also said the state government should make it easier to seek licenses for weapons for such instances, so as to avert such occurrences.
On Tuesday, the temple, which is home to the presiding deity of Kullu's famous Dusshera celebrations, was broken into and silver and gold worth close to Rs 23 lakh was stolen.