HP Police announces Rs 10 lakh reward for info in Raghunath Temple theft case

North Gazette News/Shimla
Himachal police on Wednesday announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh in the sensational theft case of precious idols from famous Raghunath Temple in Kullu for to provide information leading the recovery of 17th century Ashtdhatu idols.

As per reports, HP Police had also sounded an alert on Interpol to prevent the robbers flee the country.

Director General Police Sanjay Kumar said that the police officials are looking into various aspects of the theft.

“We are also investigating the modus operandi in the last theft that occurred in the temple some months ago, wherein some silver ornaments were stolen,” he said.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh told the state assembly in Dharamsala that a reward for Rs10 lakh has been announced to any individual giving reliable information leading to the recovery of the idols.

As per reports, it i’s one of the biggest heists in a religious place in the recent past and police have registered case under section 457 and 380 of IPC.

The thieves had allegedly entered the temple from its roof and took away idols of Lord Raghunath and Hanuman, both made of ‘ashtadhatu’ (a composite of eight metals), one stone Narsingh Shila (covered with gold), one silver Ganesh idol and one pair of ‘Charan Paduka’ besides ornaments.

Interestingly over 200 idols have been stolen from the temples and monasteries since 1990. In most cases, the culprits have not been caught and the idols not recovered.

The hill state has over 2,000 temples and monasteries that are centuries old. Of these, 60 are under the control of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) while 31 are under the state language, art and culture department.