New Delhi: Burglars broke into the Khandelwal Digambar Jain Mandir near Shivaji Stadium early on Friday and fled with idols, golden umbrellas and jewellery. The antiques stolen from the 250-year-old temple are estimated to be worth crores of Rupees.
Police have recovered one of the bags containing an antique idol that was dropped by the thieves. The temple guards didn’t get to know of the break-in till 4am.
CCTV footage of the temple showed four youths entering the premises after scaling the rear wall. They broke three locks on the doors to enter the sanctum sanctorum. The video showed one of the youths, probably a teenager, entering the temple hall through a gap below the entrance gate. He recced the premises for nearly half an hour, while the others waited outside.
The youths outside then slipped a plier through the gap, which the teenager used to break open the lock. The thieves then removed two other locks, including the one leading to the idols. They then ransacked the temple looking for valuables.
The stolen goods were divided into four parts and stuffed into backpacks. The thieves fled after scaling the rear wall and fled towards Gole Market.
A PCR van had noticed one of the thieves when he tried to snatch something from a vagabond. The youth had then dropped his backpack and fled.
The police received a call about the theft around 4am when the security guards noticed the broken locks and informed the temple authorities.
“We are still trying to estimate the extent of the loss, but the value of the stolen goods might run into crores. The idols were made of precious alloys,” said the chief priest, JK Jain.