Mahabubnagar: Burglars broke into the Ramalingeshwara temple in Farookh Nagar mandal in Shadnagar and made away with cash from the hundis in the wee hours of Monday.
According to Shadnagar SI Sridhar Kumar, the CCTV footage in the temple had shown four thieves breaking into the temple at around 2 am on Monday.
The thieves broke four hundis in the temple including the three main hundis placed inside the sanctum sanctorum. They left one hundi untouched but took away another hundi outside the temple and broke it open.
What is surprising is that since Maha Shivrathi jatara was held at the temple, the hundis which were supposed to be opened for count and remove monetary offerings by devotees, had not been done till now. According to Shyam Sundarachari, Executive Officer of the temple, anywhere between Rs 2 to 3 lakh could have been stolen.
However, M Sampath Kumar, the village’s sarpanch says that Rs 5 lakh could have been stolen, as he used to work in temple at one point of time and he claims to know the cash inflows during jataras.
Sampath told media persons that only security personnel were at the temple who work during the day, but no security guard were posted at nights. He said that despite several representations to the temple administration, no action was taken to either beef up security or provide basic facilities like drinking water to devotees.
Prabhakar Rao, chairman for the temple board, said that the security personnel had gone to their villages on Sunday, hence nobody was posted on duty on Monday. He said that this was the first time that such an incident had taken place in the village.
The CCTV footage showed four individuals entering the temple in their shorts, making it appear like they were from the dreaded ‘chaddi gang.’ The thieves are yet to be identified and investigation is on.