Hyderabad: An office assistant working at Shankar Mutt temple was arrested by the police for allegedly stealing gold coins worth Rs 7.50 lakh from the temple on Sunday. Twenty-five gold coins weighing 250 grams were recovered at his instance. The suspect Rallabandi Naga Sairam (34), a native of Khammam district, was working as an office assistant at the Mutt.
Hyderabad Commissioner Anjani Kumar said the Mutt decided to adorn the statue of the deity Sharadamba with a golden saree and solicited gold offerings from devotees. The donations were kept in a wooden almirah in the temple manager’s room. “The suspect who was working as an assistant stole the almirah keys and committed the theft,” said the Commissioner.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kachiguda, S Sudhakar who supervised the investigation said the suspect stole the gold over a period of two months. “After stealing the gold, he kept it with a friend and is suspected to have planned to use it for his personal needs later,” said the official.
On a complaint lodged by the management of the temple, the Nallakunta Police registered a case. On suspicion, they picked up Naga Sairam, who admitted to stealing the gold which was recovered intact from his friend.
In a separate case, the Nallakunta police arrested a person who had stolen gold and silver articles from a house. The police recovered 9 tolas of gold and 19 tolas of silver articles at his instance. The accused Sanki Ramu (28) of Amberpet, committed the theft at a house in TRT Colony in Vidyanagar when the house owner was away. “Keshavulu who is a friend of the suspect went to work and there was no one in the house. Ramu, who has previous criminal history, entered the house after unlatching the door and committed the theft,” said the Commissioner.