Hyderabad: Kukatpally Housing Board (KPHB) police on Tuesday launched a search for unidentified persons after theft reported at two temples in KPHB, here.
The suspects first entered Bhramarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy temple located near Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University–Hyderabad (JNTU-H) and stole a panchaloha idol and later made a vain bid to steal at Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Seven Hills Colony.
According to KPHB police, the incidents occurred in two different temples that are located in different colonies, the crime appears to have been executed by the same gang.
The priest M Baswaraj, working at Brahmaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple went home after locking the temple door on Monday night and when he returned today morning, the lock was found broken and grilles cut.
On receiving information, police rushed to the spot along with CLUES team and collected the evidences from the scene.
Around same time, another call was received from Venkateshwara Swamy Temple informing about the attempted robbery. “They attempted to steal cash from the chest but didn’t work out,” said Balakrishna, Detective Inspector, KPHB, adding that on Monday night only temple authorities had removed money from the chest.
He also said the idol stolen would be worth around Rs 30,000. “It was a small idol and used only during holy days for prayers,” he said and added no loss was reported in another temple.