CPI(M) Demands CBI Probe into Case of Jewellery Missing from Kollur Temple

Udupi: The district committee of the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPIM) has demanded a CBI enquiry into the case of a large stock of jewellery and the locker key having gone missing from the coffers of Shri Mookambika temple in Kollur in the district.

It has urged the district administration and the state government to have the investigation agencies to interrogate everyone concerning the matter, beginning with the managing trustee right down to the lower rungs.

It has pointed out that, according to the latest information available, the laxity and negligence shown by the administration in the past when valuables like saris, gold and silver had gone missing had led to the present scam. This called for a thorough probe into the whole matter, it said.

It further said that about two years ago, CCTV clipping had shown an employee carrying 5.5 kgs of silver from the temple to his house. But the person still continued to be an employee. This was proof to the protection and immunity the thieving staff enjoyed from the administration.

The main accused had in the past got fake receipts printed and used, yet he had been pardoned and allowed to continue. This led a lot of suspicion about the management of the funds and gifts donated by the devotees, it said. Involvement of influential persons too could not be ruled out, it said.

Therefore, the committee said, a full-fledged, high-level enquiry be ordered to bring the guilty to book.

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