Two weeks gone by, but cops yet to solve golden crown theft case

| Updated: Feb 16, 2019, 19:34 IST
The crowns adorned the statues of the processional deities - Lord Venkateswara, Sri Lakshmi and Sri Padmavathi - at the ancient sub-shrine situated inside the main temple complex. The crowns adorned the statues of the processional deities - Lord Venkateswara, Sri Lakshmi and Sri Padmavathi... Read More
TIRUPATI: A fortnight has passed since the sensational jewellery theft case at the TTD-run Govindaraja Swamy temple in Tirupati, but the police are yet to make a breakthrough. The theft was discovered on the evening of February 2.


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The three golden crowns, weighing 1.3 kg (1,351 grams) and studded with precious stones, are valued to be around 50 lakh. The crowns adorned the statues of the processional deities - Lord Venkateswara, Sri Lakshmi and Sri Padmavathi - at the ancient sub-shrine situated inside the main temple complex.


The theft adds credence to the accusations levelled against the TTD administration by former chief priest of Tirumala temple Dr A V Ramana Deekshitulu, who had expressed concerns over the security of the huge hoard of jewellery in the possession of TTD.


The heist, which happened at one of the busiest temples run by the richest temple body in the world, has not only dented the image of the temple administration but also mocks its tall claims that all jewellery in its possession, both at the temples and in its treasuries, are in safe custody.


While the incident has definitely exposed the chinks in temple administration's security apparatus, particularly in the temples under its purview, the police investigation into the sensational case, which seems to be happening at a snail's pace, has further added to the woes of the TTD. Tirupati SP K K N Anburajan, who was among the first to rush to the Govindaraja Swamy temple after coming to know of the theft, had announced that six special teams were formed to probe the case. But despite the best efforts of the police, a breakthrough is yet to be achieved. Both the police and the TTD ruled out the role of insiders after preliminary investigation.
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