Berhampur: Unidentified gunmen
looted cash and ornaments from the donation box of a famous
temple and valuables from a group of visitors at gun point in
Orissa`s Ganjam district, police said on Sunday.
At least five masked persons caught the visitors from
Semiliguda in Koraput district to Mahuri Kalua temple, a
shakti shrine on the outskirts here, and looted their
ornaments, Rs 30,000 in cash, mobile sets and a car last
night, the sources said.
Two persons sustained minor injuries in the attack.
They then broke open the temple "hundi" (donation box)
to collect the gold and silver ornaments before fleeing. There
was no power supply in the area.
About 30 persons including women and children from
Semiluguda had come to the shrine for a thread ceremony
yesterday. The miscreants had even taken the vehicle in which
they came from Semiliguda, police said.
After the ceremony was over, they were taking rest
inside two guest houses of the temple when the dacoits strike.
Sub-divisional police officer, Chikiti, BN Dehuri said
police had intensified patrolling in the area to nab the
dacoits and nearby police stations had been alerted.