Mahankali temple opened after ‘Samprokshana’ was performed

Three days after it was burgled triggering tension in the communally sensitive old city, the historic Simhavahini Sri Mahankali temple in Lal Darwaza was thrown open to the public on Friday morning.

As assured by Minister for Industries J. Geeta Reddy during her visit to the temple on Thursday, the Endowments Department got a ‘Samprokshana’ performed on Friday early hours. The temple was opened after that and hundreds of devotees, mostly women offered prayers before the deity.

Meanwhile, there was no breakthrough in the investigation. Though it was believed that Sahu, an alleged burglar could be responsible, it turned out that he was already in police custody, when the Mahankali temple was burgled.

The police have formed six special teams to crack the case and the investigators were disappointed as the fingerprints lifted from the temple did not match with anyone’s in the database. Efforts are now on to check records in districts.

The alleged burglar Sahu, police believe, could help them solve several temple burglaries in the State in past two years. He was arrested nearly 11 years ago and later he migrated to Chattisgarh where he was arrested again, police sources said.

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