Eight antique idols were stolen from a deity shrine of Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh in the intervene night of July 22 and 23 , police informed.
The idols were found missing from the Bandra temple in Banchuch village near Rohru town, about 120 km from Shimla.
S.P. Shimla Abhishek Dular told that “Eight idols and some jewellery and artifacts were stolen from the temple after murdering the watchman. Most of the idols are made of ‘ashtadhatu (a combination of eight metals)”.
He said that the theft was noticed in the morning. The theft has once again put the spotlight on the treasures housed in hundreds of temples and monasteries that lack proper security.
Himachal Pradesh has over 2,000 temples and monasteries that are centuries old. Out of these, 60 are under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), while 31 are under the control of the state’s language, art and culture department.