The police on Friday booked unidentified persons for decamping with ₹6 lakh from famous Durgiana temple in Amritsar on the Diwali eve.
The theft came into fore around 6 am on Friday following which police was informed. Senior police officials of the Civil Lines police station, where the case was registered, visited the spot.
It is learnt that the thieves had fled with ₹ 2,000 currency notes worth Rs 6 lakh while they had left the denominations of ₹500, Rs 100, ₹50 and ₹10 total worth around ₹7 lakh, which were kept in a wooden alrmirah.
As per the CCTV footage procured by the police from the spot, the thieves struck at 9.30 pm as they covered the camera with a piece of cloth.
“We are yet to confirm the number of thieves who committed the crime at the holy place. It may be the work of one person or even more”, said inspector Shivdarshan Singh, station house officer (SHO) Civil Lines police station.
The police are suspecting the involvement of temple staff. Around ten staff members including two cashiers and security guards were rounded up by the police on Friday.
Police have also taken the finger print samples from the spot and said these will be matched with the prints of the suspects in the case.
“The thief was in no hurry and was aware about the money in the almirah. Moreover a guard was seen in the footage checking the locks of the room before switching off the lights. He didn’t lock the side door from where the thieves entered the room. This is suspicious,” said a senior police official.
“Two more persons earlier were seen dragging out boxes of crackers from the same room, in the footage. We are interrogating every suspicious person,” he added.
Ramesh Kumar, president of temple committee, said that the amount was earned from the sale of the Prasad on the Diwali. “We usually have earnings of over Rs 10 lakh during festivals as compared to around Rs 2 lakh in a day in routine. There were two packets of notes kept there in the almirah but thieves fled with one.”
He said the cash was yet to be deposited by the staff in the strong room. He alleged that someone from the staff committed the crime.