Staff Reporter

Allegedly make off with some ornaments, cash

NEW DELHI: Three armed men struck at a temple in Mayur Vihar Phase I in the Capital’s trans-Yamuna area on Tuesday and allegedly made off with some ornaments and a few thousand rupees in cash.

The robbers, carrying country-made pistols, entered Shri Shubha Siddhi Vinayaka Mandir in Pocket IV from the rear in the early hours and overpowered the security guard who was sleeping inside the compound.

“The robbers tied up the guard and warned him not to raise an alarm. They then went round the temple and broke open donation boxes and the lock of the office room. The robbers tried to break open a strong box in the basement, but failed. The strong box contained over 100 gm of gold and some cash collected last week. The robbers eventually made off with over Rs.15,000 in cash and some ornaments worth over a lakh of rupees. They even took away coins kept in the aarti thali,” said Shri Shubha Siddhi Vinayaka Mandir trust secretary Balasubramaniam.

Ransacked

While the robbers were looking around for cash and gold in the temple, one of them accidentally pressed a button meant for playing taped instrumental music. The priests on the second floor were woken up by the sound and rushed to the ground floor. “We found the security guard tied up and the temple ransacked. The robbers had decamped with the cash and jewellery by then. They stayed in the temple premises for over 30 minutes,” said a priest.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a trustee said: “The police lifted some fingerprints and made enquiries from the security guard, a sweeper and some priests.”

A case has been registered at the Pandav Nagar police station and some people detained for questioning.

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