Mangaluru: Temples increasingly targetted by thieves - VHP warns of strong protest

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Sep 21: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) observed that thefts are increasing in temples, shrines and Bhajana Mandirs located within the city police commissionerate limits here. VHP southern province secretary, Sharan Pumpwell, warned that unless the police take these incidents in all seriousness and find out the thieves involved, pro-Hindu organizations will join together and hold large scale protests and other forms of agitation to condemn the police failure.

He was addressing the participants of a protest organised at Neermarga junction here to condemn the failure of the police in arresting those responsible for the recent theft in Subrahmanya Bhajana Mandali, Neermarga, on Monday September 20.

"In addition to stealing valuables from religious centres, sacrilege is often committed by inserting offensive and dirty things into the donation boxes in an act of sacrilege. Obscene pictures are uploaded in social websites. Hindu community cannot remain a mute spectator to all these developments," he warned.

Hindu Jag ran Vedike Mangaluru leader, Ganaraj Bhat, pointed out that the police show their efficiency by hoisting cases against poor auto rickshaw drivers and catching hold of people involved with illegal sand transportation instead of targetting temple thieves. He wanted to know why the police have not been able to find out those who steal valuables from temples. "Are you disinterested to nab the culprits behind these thefts? You are enthusiastic when arresting agitators who speak the truth. If you are unable to find out and catch the thieves, we may have to take this responsibility ourselves," he said.

Subrahmanya, Bhajana Mandir office bearer, Sheshadri Bhat, president, Tukaram and others were present.

Sharan Pumpwell recalled that in connection with the increasing thefts from Daivasthanas, temples, Bhajana Mandirs, houses and increasing chain snatching cases, the police commissioner was met and petition to find out the culprits had been handed over, but so far the accused have not been found. He wanted to know whether this should be understood as the failure, weakness or helplessness of the police commissioner. He also demanded arrest of people involved with increasing anti-Hindu activities in Dakshina Kannada district.





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  • William, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Thieves are with in your gangs. Why blame police.

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  • k b r, Mangal Uru

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    many times thefts in places of worship is inside job... more than physical theft, siphoning off temple funds / resources / diversion / misuse / gobbling (donations / offerings / grants / gifts / gold / ornaments on deity / precious idols) by the temple administration / priest/pastor/imam has to be stopped...

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  • N.M, mangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    goons and criminals.

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  • arm, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Mata Maruna Marwadi.

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    All religious places to be guarded by themselves. This is for all religions because they get lots of money from people. This money is lavishly used by all these religious preachers. I am sure they can manage the security of these places by themselves. .

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  • Joseph D Souza, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Protest?????? For what? Do they think that thieves care for their protest or may be they know who the thieves are...... Get real guys and help police to catch thieves.....yesterday two chain snatchers were caught ( in Karkal??) and they happen to belong to some prominant organisations...For thieves there is no religion but only look for places where there is maximum income...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Install CCTV & keep Gold & Cash in Bank Lockers ...

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  • Sunil Kumar, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Wah jathi da mage awad... yeth dina badkoli.. podige pandh upod yapa la... dever mith yerla iji

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  • Rational thinker, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Thieves don't consider religion while stealing, they only target wherever there is big money.

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  • Observer, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    They have no problem with the issues of current competent govt which is responsible for the inflation, unemployment, hike in fuel and other basic commodity...

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  • Observer, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Correction 'Incompetent govt.'

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  • anita, MANGALORE

    Tue, Sep 21 2021


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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    VHP should provide security to all temples during nights instead of these protests. Anyways the leader has got a security agency!

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Readers, there are two aspects for desecration of temples across India.... Ancient temples ( Hindus/Buddhist/Jains) have idols and artifacts which are centuries old.. Thieves selectively target and smuggle these priceless antiquities to art dealers in the western hemisphere. The other is deliberate vandalism to hurt, violate, inflame religious sentiments of communities to achieve their goal of hate and contempt for Indian religious beliefs !!!

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  • Ram Rahim Robert, kodial

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    the crowd which is standing is waiting for quarter and mind they say "Yepa ora saavu mugiyundu imbena bashana..mulpa pitki ijjande mande kirmodundu..."

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    instead of complaining guard them and do social service as you people are as such the govt administration everything is in the hands of your chaddi to whom you are complaining and most of the thieves are also of your religion only..

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Petta kalvayer mu la battayra...

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    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Replace VHP security guard to all temples many of jobless VHP members running day and night behind beef dealers.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Rajesh Mumbai,best idea ever.Instaed of protesting ,can self see that no theft happens.What Police can do,where all they should dance to the tunes of sanghies?That will protect their temples ,and good job.

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  • Nelson Pinto, Udupi /Oman

    Tue, Sep 21 2021

    I stooped watching tom and Jerry cartoon since long .........once VHP started to warns of strong protest.....

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