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Cops advise CCTVs at temple

June 21: City police have asked the temple management committee to plug security loopholes inside the Ganesh temple and install CCTV cameras to prevent incidents similar to the June 13 theft.

The police had faced criticism after thieves broke into the two-storied temple barely 200 metres from an entrance to the state secretariat and MLA Hostel and had escaped with gold and silver worth over Rs 5 lakh.

A police officer said a few persons were questioned in connection with the case but they were yet to make a breakthrough.

The officer said the temple committee has been asked to install CCTV cameras after an inspection exposed holes in the security arrangements.

“There is police patrolling outside but it has been found that there is no security at the back of the temple. Anyone can enter, as there are few lights installed there. One CCTV camera was installed two years ago at the front gate but that is non-functional. So, we have asked the committee to install more cameras and put up more lights,” the officer said.

Thieves broke into the temple on June 13 night and escaped with six tola of gold and 6kg of silver, including a silver crown of Ganesha, from two almirahs.

The gang however, did not touch the brass utensils, which were inside the two almirahs.

Senior superintendent of police (city) Apurba Jibon Baruah yesterday blamed the security loopholes inside the temple.

“We have seen that anybody can enter the temple from the nearby hill and there are no proper lights either. We had earlier asked them to make sufficient arrangements on the temple premises but a lot needs to be done,” he said.

The temple committee criticised the police, as the thieves managed to break into the temple despite the presence of a police booth and armed guards at the gate of the MLA Hostel, barely 200 metres away.

“Why can’t the police deploy two constables in front of the temple gate to prevent similar incidents? We had earlier requested them to provide us with police guards but nothing has happened,” said a temple priest.