Jewellery stolen from Hateshwari temple

Mandi: Gold and silver jewellery, valued at Rs 20 lakh, were allegedly stolen by some unidentified men from the ancient Hateshwari temple, 10 km from Sundernagar, police said on Friday.

The incident took place last night when the thieves barged into the temple by breaking the main entrance and decamped with the ornaments, they said.

The theft was detected this morning when the temple priest Khem Chand found the entrance to the temple bolted from outside, police said.

The stolen jewellery included one gold 'Chhatra' weighing 500 gm, a silver 'Chhatra' weighing 750 gm and other jewellery, including two golden chains, they said.

Meanwhile, the residents of the area have created a ruckus demanding the arrest of those involved in the theft.

Mandi SP P D Prasad and DSP Ashish Sharma visited the spot immediately and assured the locals that an investigation is on to trace the accused.