Four rare statues stolen from Jain temple in Ajmer


AJMER, December 17, 2014: Four statues made of eight elements were stolen from the Jain Temple at Sewargi Mohalla near dargah bazaar. The priest on Saturday morning found these statues missing when he came to open the temple. The incident generated anger in the Jain community because of continuous incidents of stealing of Jain idols being reported since last two years.

According to police, when the priest today came to open the temple, he found the lock of the main door broken and four idols of gods including Mahaveer were missing. When the news broke out, the members of Jain community gathered on the spot and demanded arrest of thieves and retrieval of statutes.

Police registered a case of theft and are looking at proofs left in the temple. Sources said that last year two statutes were stolen from the nearby temple in the same locality. "These statutes are made up of eight elements and the combination of materials is unique. They are in high demand as an antique in the international market," said a source. There were similar incidents of idol theft in different parts of the city and also in Kishangarh town of the district in last two years.