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Crown stolen from temple

Bolpur, Aug. 17: A gold crown donated by a devotee who won a lottery 15 years ago, and other ornaments worth around Rs 2 lakh were stolen from a temple in Birbhum’s Rampurhat last night.

The theft was detected by the devotee, Ghanashyam Chandra Dutta, who stays on the temple premises and who got the crown made with the money he had won in a lottery.

“I won Rs 50,000 during Durga Puja 15 years ago and had got made the gold crown for the Krishna idol and a gold chain for Radha. When I went to open the temple gate this morning, I found the lock broken and the ornaments gone.”

This is the fourth theft in temples in less than a month in the district.

On July 20, gold ornaments were stolen from two temples in Mayureswar, 40km from Rampurhat.

Villagers on that day had demonstrated in front of the local police station and had even heckled the policemen there, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

On August 12, jewellery worth Rs 1.5 lakh was stolen from a 300-year old Kali temple in Rampurhat.

No arrests have been made so far in any of the cases.

A police officer said: “It appears that an organised gang is behind the theft in the temples. We have launched an investigation. Preliminary probe has revealed the thieves are not from Birbhum and have been committing the burglaries with help from local villagers.”