Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sai Baba's Gold Crown Stolen From Sai Temple Anand, Gujarat

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VADODARA/ANAND: On Wednesday 10th Nov 2010 noon, a Gold Crown was stolen from Shirdi Sai Baba's Idol in one of the most popular Temple premises located on Lambhvel Road on the outskirts of Anand city in Gujarat`India. The Gold Crown mounted on the Idol of Shirdi Sai Baba at "Sainath Temple" premises was stolen within Four minutes!

According to the Temple Trustees, the Crown weighing 622 grams was valued at Rs 12.5 lakh and the Temple had received it as a donation during the Installation ceremony of the Temple in February`2009.

Shri Shwetalkumar Patel, Trustee of the Sai Baba Jan Seva Trust, which manages the Temple premises, said, "We have two CCTV cameras installed at our Temple premises which has Three Temples - one of Mahadevji, another of Sai Baba and third of Shani Dev. These cameras cover both the areas surrounding the Idol of Sai Baba and that of Shani Dev. But, the CCTV camera that was overlooking the Sai Baba Idol stopped working between 11.33 am and 11.37 am. It was during this four-minute span that some miscreant seems to have stolen the Gold Crown from Baba, as the Crown can be seen in the CCTV footage before the camera stopped recording and the footage also shows a man wearing black T-shirt moving around the Temple premises but his face is not clear."

Patel, who has registered a complaint at Anand town police station, says he was informed about the theft by the Temple's priest and other office-bearers around 12 noon.

Anand town police are investigating the case even as they are not ruling out insider's involvement in the case.

Anand town's police inspector Shri. D.S.Vaghela said that "The Gold Crown has been stolen when the Temple remains open for public. The Crown is brought out of the locker and installed on the idol of Sai Baba only during special days and during festive season. It is the duty of the priest to remain present near the Baba's Idol. So apart from studying the CCTV footage recorded before and after the theft, we are also questioning some office-bearers of the Temple,"

Source: The Times of India
Credits: Article By - Rohit Behal

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