Lahore: In Pakistan, the cases of attacks on temples are increasing. After the demolition of the Shri Krishna temple located in the Sanghar district of Sindh province two months ago, now information has been received about the sabotage in the old Hindu temple of Kotri town. Sources said the thieves broke the locks of the Devi Mata temple at Kotri and stole three silver necklaces worn around the deities’ necks and around Rs 25,000 in cash from the temple’s donation box. Bhagwandas, the caretaker of the temple, told that the weight of the necklace was 10 tola. On the complaint of the caretaker of the temple, the police have registered a case against unknown thieves under sections 457, 380, 295, and 297 PPC.
According to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, the latest case of theft and vandalism in the temple is of a Shiva temple in Kotri, Sindh province of Pakistan. It is reported that the thieves not only stole the jewelry from the neck of the goddesses but also ransacked the temple. Jamshoro area SSP Javed Baloch, however, denied reports of desecration of the temple, terming it a case of theft. In view of the seriousness of the matter, the Minister of Minority Affairs of Sindh Gyanchand Israni has ordered the SSP to register an FIR and nab the culprits at the earliest. He said that the incidents of vandalism and theft in the temple have come to the fore at a time when the Hindu community is busy celebrating the festival of Diwali. There is a need to stop such incidents.
Since this incident, there has been tension in the Darya Band area of Kotri in Sindh province. There is anger in the police over the vandalism of the temple by unknown people. The police have registered a case in this matter but no arrest has been made so far. Some local media have reported that the attackers also stole gold idols. The Minister of Minority Affairs is keeping an eye on this whole matter.
Jamshoro SSP Javed Baloch said that the temple management suspects some people from a nearby residential area looted the temple. However, he has denied any damage to the idols of the temple. SSP Baloch said that some people are trying to create tension in the area on the occasion of Diwali. The police have beefed up the security of the area and have started raids from place to place to nab the thieves.