Two cases of theft and snatching have been reported in a span of three days from the Kalkaji temple in South Delhi,and three persons have been arrested.
The crowd of visitors at the temple has increased manifold over the past few days with the start of the Navratra period. Other than the two cases,several incidents of valuables going missing have also been reported by the visitors of the temple.
Police said they have made special security arrangements at the temple for the Navratras.
The thieves,police said,usually operate in groups and follow similar modus operandi. They enter in a group as devotees. They identify a target and one of them steals valuables from the targets bag or snatch some jewellery. This is immediately passed on to another member of the group,who walks away in the crowd, police said.
Sandhya Mittal,a victim,told Newsline that she was at the entry gate of the temple when someone pushed her and snatched her sons gold chain. I started to shout and the people caught hold of a man behind me. When the police checked the person,nothing was found in his possession. The man must have passed the chain to his associate, she said.
Police said the large number of people and the cramped interiors of the temple make it easy for thieves to steal and flee.
As a part of the security arrangements for Navratras,there is an extra deployment of personnel. The police personnel work in three shifts,with 100 policemen on duty at all times.
Seven police personnel,in plain clothes,are also stationed within the temple premises,22 CCTV cameras have been installed and there is a temporary police checkpost inside the temple premises. An audio system to sound warnings has been installed, a senior police officer said.