4 guards held for temple heist

4 guards held for temple heist

The West Division police claimed to have cracked the burglary at Jain Temple in Akkipet by arresting four security guards on Indo-Nepal border on Monday.

“Our team of policemen has arrested the persons involved in the case,” Rajappa, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) told Deccan Herald.  The police have recovered Rs two lakh in cash and 40 gram of jewllery from them.

Valuables worth Rs 20 lakh were stolen from Sri Vasu Poojya Swami Jain Swetambar Moorti Poojak Sangh’s temple on Obaiah Lane in Akkipet on the night of October 19.
The arrested have been identified as Bahadur Booda, Bashu, Sanjay Kumar Verma, all aged between 30 and 32,  and Rajesh, 28.

All the four hail from Nepal and were working as security guards in the City and came in contact through security service agencies.

They hatched a plan to make fast buck by committing a theft and flee to their native places with the booty.

Meticulously planned

The gang meticulously planned the burglary and damaged six of the 16 closed circuit cameras installed at the temple. The stolen valuables were pledged with pawnbrokers in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, police said.

A piece of information provided by a chief security officer who hails from Nepal and works with a hotel on Sankey Road came in handy for the police in tracing the burglars.

Crucial clues

The cellphone call details and other details provided by the employers of the four gave crucial clues. Two special teams were formed to nab the culprits. They were tipped off about the possible escape route of the four - the banks of Kali river in Uttarakhand.
The police arrested the burglars as soon as they landed at the designated spot, sources in the police said.

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