Ganesha prevents robbery in Australia

Updated on Mar 27, 2007 11:39 AM IST
The shop owner thwarted an attempted armed robbery by throwing a Ganesh idol at his attacker, when he was threatened with a knife.
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PTI | By, Melbourne

He may or may not be a devotee, but god literally came to the rescue of a shop owner, who sells Indian food in Melbourne, when he was being robbed by an armed attacker.

Melbourne-based fast food owner of The Curry Grove thwarted an attempted armed robbery by throwing a Ganesh idol at his attacker, when he was threatened with a knife and asked for cash, police said.

"The offender has then made a demand for cash but the owner, a man in his mid-40s and the only person in the shop at the time, threw a statue at him," police said, adding the alleged robber promptly fled the premises following the resistance.

According to The Age, police could not confirm whether the statue depicted a Hindu deity, but believed to be the elephant-headed idol Ganesh.

Police believe the man, believed to be aged in his 30s, fled empty handed on a motorbike parked outside, the paper reported.

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