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Kundapur: Items worth Rs 70 lac stolen from temple, lack of security exposed


Silvester D'Souza
Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur

Kundapur, Aug 15: Thieves broke into Saukuru Durgaparameshwari Temple in the taluk and decamped with gold, diamonds, silver and cash worth Rs 70 lac. The theft came to light on Saturday August 15.

This the sixth case of temple theft reported in the coastal districts in the last one-and-a-half months. The police are still groping in the dark in these cases.

On Friday night, the thieves broke into Saukuru Durgaparameshwari Temple and decamped with a large silver mask that was on the diety, a golden visage, 15-diamond necklace weighing half a kg, a golden idol weighing one-and-a-half kg, a silver idol weighing one kg, a silver mask that was on Veerabhadra idol, two cash boxes, a silver bell, two karimani chains, a nose ring, silver plates weighing 100 grams, and four small Panchaloha idols. Moreover, the temple priest said that the thieves also took away 2 kg of gold ornaments which were donated by devotees over the past two years, and which were kept in the donation box. Altogether, a theft of valuable items worth Rs 70 lac has been reported.

The temple priest had as usual locked the doors at around 8.30 pm on Friday, and it is suspected that the theft took place during the night. The theft was discovered after the priest opened the temple doors on Saturday.

No security: The temple falls under the government's muzrai department, but no steps have been taken for its security. It has been a year since the only siren in the temple stopped working. Also, despite a spate of temple thefts, this particular temple is yet to get a CCTV camera. It does not even have a secure chamber, hence the gold and silver ornaments and cash donated by devotees over the last two years remained in the donation box. The locals said that such negligence towarsds security in the temples gives rise to suspicions. The last time a theft took place in the same temple, about 15 years back, the police had found that it had been an insider's job, they pointed out.

A canine squad was pressed into action, but as it rained during the night, no clues could be found. It is suspected that thieves who looted other temples over the last month may be behind this incident too. Kundapur DySP M Manjunath Shetty, circle inspector P M Diwakar, SI Nasir Hussain and others police personnel have formed a team to investigate the theft.

Kundapur police have registered a case.


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  • sid, mangalore

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    only the money from temples are taken by the government . see how poorly maintained

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  • CHRIS, DUBAI

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Ramsene ,ABVP and all other like minded folks will take to the streets if the names of the thieves involved happens to be from the minority.lol are they dead now ??or may be to them theft is alright if it was committed by someone who used to pray in that temple ..

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  • Ramchandra Shetty, Urwa

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Better not jump to conclusion and blame the minority unless there is any hard proof. Be patient and have confidence in mangalore police. They will catch the thieves just like they caught three nepali thieves last week. Nagesh Nayak there is a huge difference between a thief and communal guys, try to learn the difference.

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  • Peter Lewis, Kalmady/k s a

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Strangers emptying the wealth. Bhajarang dal, Ramasene not bothered.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Peter, AVBP, Bhajarang Dal @ Ramasene wake up only if Minority ...

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  • Ravi B Shenava, Mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Our Tulunadu ( Dk & Udupi) is having highest density of Temples & holy places in the whole world as we are the people with highest Superstitions in the world.
    Atleast one temple is burgled every month in our Twin districts. Still this Saukuru temple management has not taken necessary precautions inspite of clear cut guidelines from Police depts. So, find out whether some insider from the temple management or any temple worker is involved in this theft ?

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Why make such a big hue and cry on this issue. After all its a simple case of theft, that too from a Hindu Temple.
    I wonder where are those highly secular christian friends who flooded this forum with comments when some glasses were broken in a church?
    If the thieves get caught, we will enact bidugade bhagya or in case the thieves get shot during the catch operations, under kalla bhagya, we can sanction 25 lakhs!!

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  • stan, dubai

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Now the case is with Police.... let us see who stole the items? Minority people, or anti nationals or India loving Hindus?????

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Stan, How did you narrow down to minorities here? I never pointed!

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  • stan, dubai

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Shanker.... You better see the below comments of our Dearest Nagesh Nayak.He will call all HEY PSUEDOS/ANTI NATIONALS.

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  • Shravan Shetty, Manipal

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    Let's not jump into conclusion just like so called these sickulars do!!! India is only nation in the globe where predominant majority religion is suferring coz of minority appeasements tactics!!! By the way where are these so called great preachers of secularism who start cooking up all sort of ****** stories for just when glasses of churches are broken.

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  • Shashi shetty, Santhoor

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    Why are secularist not crying communal cry for this ? Isn't it a desecration of place of prayer ?

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  • Praveen, Kulshekar

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Shettre Shuruk kiset nadley

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Shetre,
    For seculars only churches and mosques are the places of worship!

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  • praveen, kulshekar

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    you too are welcome to find some peace of mind

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  • sid, mangalore

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    we get our peace of mind in our religion which has survived every act to destroy it

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    insider trading ...

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    ..Govts take over money minting temples but no security..they keep 70 lacs of Jewellery in temple, but no security Guard,CCTV,Siren..Banks provide lockers, why cant temple management keep it there & on special occasions take it back..

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  • ibbu, ira parladka

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    This the sixth case of temple theft reported in one- and- a- half months,the police are still groping in the dark in these cases,so thieves dare to theft from the temple,also this shows the carelessness of muzarai department.

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    HEY PSUEDOS/ANTI NATIONALS,

    UNDER THE ITALIAN LED CONGRESS RULE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL ARE ENJOYING:

    1. TERRORISTS

    2. ROBBERS

    3. DACOITS

    4. CORRUPT PEOPLE.

    5. LOKAYUAKTA

    6. RAPIST

    7. ANTI NATIONALS



    UNDER YOUR NIDDERAMAYYA GOVT. POLICE DEPTT AND OTHERS ALSO SLEEPING.

    IT IS SUPRISE TO NOTE THAT NO COMMENTS FROM PSUEDOS.

    IF CHURCH GLASS BROKE FROM STONE THROW BY THIS TIME 1000 COMMENTS BLAMING RSS, BJP,VHP,BD,SHRIMAAN NARENDRA MODIJI FROM THRUOUT WHOLE WORLD .

    PAPPU AIRDASH TO SEE THE DAMAGE.

    ITALIAN SEND DIGGY TO SEE THE SITUATION.

    COMAPENSATION POUR IN AND SYMPATHY CREATS.


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  • Rajesh, Puttur

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    Jayachands in Hindus main reason every one come loot our temples.this is the wakeup call hindus.Congress govt is there it is going to happen

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    Nagesh, your Gramophone Record is spoilt ..

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  • stan, dubai

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    nagesh nayak, bangaloreSaturday, August 15, 2015
    HEY PSUEDOS/ANTI NATIONALS, Who are Psudos/Anti national???? If you are Pro national than why can't you go to the border and protect India from daily border violation from Pakistan?????

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    stan, he is just a spoilt record so ignore ...

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  • Edward, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    because of such people our coastal area suffering now.

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  • Praveen, Kulshekar

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    IS YOUR MODI SLEEPING? This shows he has got no capacity to put a fullstops. Only blah blah blah

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  • RequiemWorld, World

    Sun, Aug 16 2015

    Being a Christian I agree with you, there is a protest and politics when Thefts happen in Church but not in Temples ( Its a sad affair, no unity ).. That's the reason India is not improving as everybody thinks abt themselves.. When India defends Kashmir from Pakistan, Muslims protest against Indian Army... When Christian Institutions teach values in Kerala, Hindus and Muslims protest.. All communities hate each other..The solution would be another British Raj, only then we will realize the concept of Bhai Bhai.. Thanks to our politicians too.. The future would be same like small Kingdoms then in 1850's..

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  • stan, dubai

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    When we were small it was told that if you touch God's property, you will be cursed..... Now people lost faith or fear.... God is afraid of these robbers?????

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    temple is also an ATM TO THE THIEVES.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    insider trading ...

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    Sicklur state....

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  • oswald lobo, mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    why Kundapura is in news now and then? come on kundapura be a honest city.what's going on there?

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  • VGVN, KUWAIT

    Sat, Aug 15 2015

    "Bhagwan ke ghar pe bhee chor"....
    After several similar like thefts and burglary , still district admin and relegious management not taking serious safety measures..
    V Gladys V Noronha
    Mangalore/Kuwait

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