Agra, February 28, 2015: Ornaments worn by deities worth more than Rs 5 lakh were allegedly stolen from a 600-year-old Jain temple in Awagarh, 25-kms from Etah district, making this the fifth theft in a place of worship in the Braj region this month.
Angry devotees gheraoed the Awagarh police station and blocked roads, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. Police force from several nearby stations was deployed in the area to avoid any untoward situation. The locals agreed to leave only after SP, city, Visarjan Singh reached the spot and assured immediate arrest of the thieves.
UP DGP AK Jain has ordered cops to solve temple theft cases on a priority basis. Police said 40 g of gold and 6.5 kg silver were stolen from the temple.