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Anubrata Banerjee | HENB | Nalhati | June 29, 2021:: Jihadi rackets for Hindu temple theft are increasing in different wards of Nalhati municipality and adjacent areas in Birbhum. It has been reported that numbers of Hindu temples are looted in the dark of night all over Birbhum district without any intervention of police administration so far.
Narayan/Shaligram Shila (naturally stonefied deity of Lord Vishnu) with precious gold and silver ornaments was stolen from a five hundred year old temple. The theft took place at the Jagdhari Radha Madhav temple at ward no 15 of in the Nalhati Municipality in Birbhum.
Residents of the area noticed the theft at the temple on Tuesday morning. They saw that the lock of the back door of the temple was broken. It is believed that the miscreants broke the lock of the back door of the temple and entered the temple and stole all the temple belongings from temple bell to the silver utensils of the deity and gold ornaments costing more than lakhs of rupees.
According to the locals, this Jagdhari Radhamadhava temple is about five hundred to six hundred years old. Being an ancient temple, the temple was also rich in gold and silver ornaments. Apart from that, ancient and traditional Narayan Shila was worshiped in this temple. The thieves stole all that.
After reporting to the local police station, Nalhati police inspected the spot and started a dilly-dally investigation.
Gostagopal Bairagya, a resident of the area, said. When I came to pay homage to the temple in the morning, I was very disappointed to see the incident.
“Many things have been stolen. Not only the golden ornaments, the thieves had taken away the temple bell and snatched away everything from the idols. It was definitely made by the miscreants from outside as the local people would never to venture in dishonoring this ancient temple discarding their faith,” told Golak Bhattacharya, another devotee of the temple.
The losses are estimated over lakhs of rupees at this moment, but the calculation may be higher than imagination as many devotees usually offered many valuables to the deity of the temple for a long span of time.
The devotees of the temple and the temple management committee urged the police to bring back the temple idols at the earliest and they demanded the arrest and severe punishment of the Miscreants.