The incident took place early on Tuesday morning at the Kokrajhar Merchant Kalibari situated near the railway station Credit: EastMojo image

Kokrajhar: A shocking discovery was made by the devotees and local residents of Assam’s Kokrajhar town early on Tuesday morning, when gold ornaments went missing from the idol of Goddess Kali at Merchant Kalibari area.

Burglars entered the temple after breaking the lock and took different ornaments including gold and silver from the idol of Goddess Kali. The stolen ornaments and jewellery from the Kokrajhar Merchant Kalibari idol include a silver chain with locket weighing approximately 1 kg, gold choker chain weighing 12 gm and two gold nose rings weighing 14 gm (approximately), said .

An FIR has been lodged with police against the burglary

Although strong security vigil has been kept in Kokrajhar, the heart of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) administration, the burglars managed to do away with the ornaments from the temple. According to locals, the incident took place early on Tuesday morning at the Kokrajhar Merchant Kalibari which is situated near the railway station.

A police team rushed to the spot early in the morning and took stock of the situation. They found an iron hammer from the spot which was used to break down the iron-gate of the temple. An FIR has been lodged with the police.

Meanwhile, the police have started its investigation into the incident and expressed hope that culprits will be booked soon, said a senior police officer.

Kokrajhar Merchant Kalibari committee and local citizens informed that at least three burglary cases have happened at the Kalibari in the last five years and yet no security arrangement was made in this regard. Kokrajhar Merchant Kalibari committee secretary Uttam Debnath expressed serious concern over the case and demanded strict and thorough investigation by the police. “It is an act of a gang of burglars and there might be involvement of more than three persons. Culprits must be identified and punished,” he added.

Sangkhar Shah, a local resident of Kokrajhar, was shocked to know about the burglary case and urged the police administration to take strong action against the culprits.

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