HP police seeks extradition of Lord Raghunath Temple theft accused from Nepal

North Gazette News/ Shimla

A day after the recovery of idols that were stolen from Kullu’s famous Raghunath temple, HP Police has sought the extradition of the key accused in the theft of antique idols from Lord Raghunath temple in Kullu.

Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Kumar said that the accused Nar Prashad Jaisi (Nepalese national) had broke into the Lord Raghunath temple in Sultanpur on December 9, 2014. He stole the idols from the temple including that of Lord Raghunath,
the idol of Hanuman, a stone statue of Narsingh Shila (covered with gold), one silver Ganesh idol, a pair of Charan Paduka and ornaments.

Kumar said the state police was seeking the extradition of the accused.

It is worth mentioning that Lord Raghunath idol is a historic one and has huge antique value as Raja Jagat Singh, the erstwhile ruler of Kullu, obtained it from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. It was then installed in the 17th century temple. State HP POLICE had aslo announced a reward of Rs.10 lakh for providing clues about the robbers. Interpol was also put on high alert after the theft.