Shri Dholaka Teerth

Ain basadi theft case accused gets bail


MANGALORE, October 31, 2014: The prime accused in the theft of the precious idols from a Jaintemple in Karnataka's Dakashina Kannadadistrict on July 6 last year, has been granted bail in all the eight remaining cases on Saturday and has been released from jail.

The accused Santosh Das aka Ghanshyam Das had 23 cases registered against him and court had given clean chit in 15 cases earlier. The District sessions court granted him bail in the rest of the eight cases registered at Kumta, Mudigere, Karkala, Kundapur and Mangalore on Saturday.

The main accused in the Jain repository theft - Santosh Das - was nabbed in a joint operation of Andhra Pradesh police and Mangalore city police on July 28, 2013 from Srikakulum in Andhra Pradesh. The Police had recovered three gold ingots, believed to be made out of the five gold idols stolen from the repository with the main accused. Police recovered the ingots, weighing around a kilogram, from the house of Digambhar Mohanty, father-in-law of Santosh Das. Mohanty was a peon in the Odisha secretariat.

A total of 15 idols were stolen from the repository when a single masked person gained entry into the repository and decamped with handpicked idols, deemed precious and priceless by the Jain community.

Bhubaneswar police had confirmed the recovery of gold ingots, gemstones and Rs 2 lakh in cash and few miniature idols from Mohanty's house. The police team has also arrested Deepthimayi Patnaik, wife of the accused. The repository had 64 idols of importance to the Jain community, some of them dating back 500 years