Diveagar Ganesh idol theft: Seven detained in Aurangabad AURANGABAD: A special squad of the Aurangabad rural police on Friday detained seven people suspected to be involved in the theft of a golden idol from the Ganesh temple in Diveagar, Raigad district, l
BigNews.Biz - Apr 27,2012 - AURANGABAD: A special squad of the Aurangabad rural police on Friday detained seven people suspected to be involved in the theft of a golden idol from the Ganesh temple in Diveagar, Raigad district, last month.
The police received a tip-off that a gang matching the description of the idol theft suspects was attempting a robbery or dacoity
in Pakora village, Gangapur taluka., and that the profile of the suspects matched the sketches of suspects involved in the idol theft.
A police team raided the village at 2am and arrested the suspects while they were attempting a heist, said inspector Satish Nandedkar, in charge of crime branch, Aurangabad rural police. "Though they have been arrested for dacoity or robbery attempt, we are ascertaining their involvement in the idol theft," he said.
On March 24, a gang of robbers had attacked two watchmen at the Diveagar Ganesh temple. One of the watchmen was killed in the incident. The robbers had stolen the an ancient 1.5 kg golden Ganesh idol , estimated to be worth Rs 50 lakh. The incident had sent shock waves in the state, with even the assembly witnessing noisy scenes and protests over the incident.
Nandedkar said police recovered an axe, knife, chilly powder and sticks from the suspects and their interrogation was in progress.