Rs 2 crore worth emerald lingam stolen from Thiruporur temple

The temple became popular among devotees when a wandering devotee told temple authorities that the lingam was a valuable idol.

Burglars stole a Rs 2 crore worth lingam made of emerald from a 400-yearold temple at Illalur near Thiruporur off OMR early on Saturday.

Police said the miscreants had earlier attempted to steal the idol from the temple a fortnight ago. They , however, had fled the scene, leaving a motorbike with a fake registration number and crow bars near the temple, after being spotted by a few villagers. Locals said police didn’t do much to probe the matter due to which the burglars were successful in their second attempt.

The temple became popular among devotees when a wandering devotee told temple authorities that the lingam was a valuable idol.

“Two weeks ago burglars were chased away by villagers while they were trying to break open the gates of the temple,” said a police officer.

After the incident, locals decided to keep a watch on the temple on rotation basis.On Friday night, because of heavy rain and a powercut, the team called off patrolling around 11 pm. When a villager reached the temple around 5.30am on Saturday , he found the lingam missing, police said quoting the complaint from priest Ganesan.

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