Gold ornaments stolen from Kashmir temple

Gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees, including the crown and necklace of the presiding deity, have been stolen from a famous temple here.

Police said the ornaments went missing from the idol of Durga Mata installed in Durga Nag temple here on Sunday night.

The thieves have decamped with gold weighing around 250 gm after breaking the locks of the temple.

Police have registered a case and started the investigations. The historical temple is the
second stop of Amarnath pilgrims, after Charri Mubarak leaves from Dashnami Akhara here.

Meanwhile, All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee, an amalgam of Kashmiri Pandit organisations, demanded constitution of special investigating team to probe the theft, failing which, they threatened to launch a massive agitation.

Serious lapse

Speaking to reporters at the temple complex, APMCC chairman Vinod Pandit, said the theft was a serious lapse on part of the temple management and security agencies.

“The theft has exposed the hollow claims of the government of protecting ancient temples of Kashmiri Hindus,” he added.

Warning of nationwide agitation, if the government failed to bring the culprits to book, APMCC national spokesperson King Bharati said with Amarnath pilgrimage round the corner, it is the duty of the government to initiate a thorough probe through the SIT to save the situation from taking an ugly turn.    

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