Haryana Police arrested three members of a gang involved in theft of idols

Chandigarh, January 19 – Haryana Police have  arrested three members of a gang involved in theft of idols from Jain temple, Shikohpur in Gurgaon and have  recovered 25 idols from their possession.

        While giving this information here today, a spokesman of the Police Department said that on the night intervening December 29 and 30, 2014, some persons   broke into Jain temple, Shikohpur and made good their escape with 46 idols, nine silver ‘Chhatra’, six ‘Charan Kamal’ of rhinestone (sftik), a big garland of rhinestone and about Rs 25,000 from the donation box of the temple. The idols stolen were worth   crores of rupees. In this regard, a case was registered in Police Station, Kherki Daula, Gurgaon on December 30, 2014. The police conducted investigation in the matter and also announced a reward of Rs one lakh to get information about the accused leading to their arrest.

        He said that a team was constituted to arrest the accused and recover the stolen items. The police team nabbed two members of the gang involved in the theft. They have been identified as Sagar Chaudhary alias Jahangir alias Gajni Bengali and Saiful, residents of Nadia, West Bengal. During interrogation, the accused have confessed that about one year ago they had committed theft along with some others. The other members of the gang included Tinu alias Sonu, and Rahul Khan, residents of Bangladesh, Jahangir alias Jafrudin alias Malam, a resident of West Bengal, Jagbandhu alias Jagat alias Kalu, a resident of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh and Suhak Bengali, a resident of West Bengal. During interrogation, they have confessed that they had sold ‘Ashtdhatu’ and ‘Chhatra’ to Mohammad Irsad, a scrap dealer in Ghaziabad. The police team also arrested him and recovered Rs 50,000 from him which he had got after selling these items. He said that the stolen idols have been recovered from Faridabad and Ghaziabad. The police have also recovered the tools used to break the wall of the temple.

        He said that many cases of loot, dacoity and theft were already registered against the arrested accused in Delhi and Ghaziabad. The mastermind of this incident is Saiful. He said that Sagar Chaudhary had already undergone seven years of imprisonment in Tihar Jail and five years imprisonment in Dasna Jail of Uttar Pradesh. He said that the accused had disguised as garbage collectors for three days before committing the crime so as to  acquaint themselves with the area of the temple.

        The spokesman said that the accused would be taken on police remand after producing in the court so as to arrest the other accused and recover    remaining items.