Greater Noida: Idols in temple found broken, cops deployed

  • | Friday | 1st December, 2023

NOIDA: A police force was deployed in Greater Noidas Rishpal Gadhi village after idols were found vandalised at a temple on Wednesday night.Police said some villagers approached the Bisrakh police station early on Thursday morning and registered a complaint against unknown persons. An FIR was registered and the idols were replaced by the cops with the help of village elders. Preliminary investigation suggested someone might have vandalised the idols under the influence of alcohol. Two empty liquor bottles were found near the spot, police said.We received information about the vandalised idols from the caretakers of the temple at 4.30am on Thursday. A police team rushed to the spot. The broken idols were removed, and new ones were placed, said Suniti, DCP (central Noida). The temple, she added, does not have any CCTV cameras around it. A police force, meanwhile, was deployed to prevent any untoward situation. Cops from the local chowki were deployed in the village. We suspect the vandalism was done by someone under the influence of alcohol, the DCP said. An FIR was registered against unidentified miscreants under sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race) and 295(A) (malicious acts to outrage and insulting the religious feelings and beliefs) of the IPC. We also published the following articles recentlyTemple idols vandalised near Noida, cops launch probeIdols at a temple near Noida in Reechpaal Gadhi village were discovered vandalized. Police suspect involvement of intoxicated troublemakers as empty liquor bottles were found near the temple. Investigation initiated; case registered at local Bisrakh police station.Chola-era idol traced to Swiss galleryA 12th century Chola-era Somaskanda idol, smuggled out of India, has been found in a private gallery in Switzerland. The idol was part of a hoard taken out by smuggler Subhash Kapoor and sold to a collector in Zurich. The expose was published in a Swiss daily newspaper. The gallery, run by Frank Russek, offers objects from India, Nepal, and Afghanistan. Efforts are being made to restitute the idol to India through diplomatic channels.Statue of BR Ambedkar vandalised in UP, FIR filedA statue of BR Ambedkar was found vandalised in Uttar Pradeshs Kaushambi district on Constitution Day. Angry locals gathered demanding the culprits be tracked down and punished. Senior officials repaired the statue to pacify the locals. An FIR has been registered and investigation teams have begun a manhunt based on CCTV footage.

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