In a shocking incident, around 30 antique idols made up of stone and ashtadhatu (eight metals), along with Rs 65,000 and some silver items, were stolen from a Digambar Jain temple in Rajasthan.
The incident occurred on Monday when thieves barged into the Parshavnath Bohara Ji temple situated at Ghat Ki Guni area near Transport Nagar in Jaipur, reports TOI. They locked the room in which the priest was sleeping and stole the precious idols.
In the police complaint, the priests have claimed that the idols were over 500 years old.
“At least 30 idols which included some made up of ashtadhatu (eight metals) were stolen. Some of these idols are nearly 500 years old. We visited the spot and took the statements of priests and others,” said a senior police officer.
The working members of the temple committee have demanded immediate arrest of the burglars and have sought protection to Jain temples in the state.
“It appears that some organised gang was behind the incident. So far, we have not found any foul play. We are also checking CCTV camera footage of nearby areas to check the escape route taken by the burglars,” said a senior police officer of Transport Nagar.
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