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Temple break-in shocks priests

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

AN early morning break-in at a temple shocked pandits (priests) as thieves scattered religious statues and ornaments on the floor.

Thieves broke into Shree Satya Prakash Mandir in Nasole late Sunday night. They raided the temples and scattered the religious objects while looking for money.

The temple's property manager Vijendra Prasad said the thieves broke the back gate's padlocks and the window during the heavy rain on Sunday night.

"They removed the windows and bar grilles to get in during the heavy rain on Sunday night," he said.

"No one saw them but it was discovered by one of the priests early Monday morning," he said.

Mr Prasad said some money was missing but he could not say how much.

"We used to have coins and notes in the main temple but it was gone when we checked it," he said.

Temple founder and head priest Ashok Maharaj said this was the third break-in at the temple.

"The thieves were people from outside this community.

"People in this area cannot do this kind of thing," he said.

Mr Maharaj urged 'people to respect churches, temples and mosques.

"We have three religious communities in this area and we humbly ask people to respect places of worship because it is God's house," he said.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed that police had received the report and were conducting investigations.


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