It was a mixed day for Goa on the crime scene yesterday. While on the one hand in South Goa police claimed to have busted a gang of dacoits in North Goa they were left at sea with two temples burgled in the night.
The South Goa police arrested six persons hailing from Quepem and Salcete Taluka and claimed to have solved at least two dacoity cases reported in the months of June and July this year being the case wherein a sum of Rs. 2,00,000/- was stolen from a van distributing liquor in Quepem Taluka in June this year and the second was the case of looting the house of Maria Fernandes at Raia and decamping with gold ornaments worth Rs. 2,00,000/-
Of the total heist of Rs. 4,00,000/- police claimed to have recovered gold ornaments worth Rs. 1,00,000/- and cash amounting to Rs. 20,000/- from the accused.
The names of the accused as revealed by the police are: Vallie D’Souza from Tilamol, Quepem – reportedly the mastermind of the gang; Johnson Verghese and Nagraj Kalgutkar both from Quepem, Narendra Patil and Asif Kittur both from Azadnagar, Margao; and Suleman Nadaf from Mandopa Navelim.
Meanwhile, two temples on the two banks of Mandovi river were burgled during the night with the thieves breaking open the main door to gain entry into the shrines dedicated to Gods.
In the first case, the Shree Pilarnkarin Devasthan temple at Alto Betim was broken into and thieves decamped with gold ornaments and idols worth around Rs. 1,15,000/- besides cash totalling Rs. 2,000/-
In the second case, the Sati Bhavani temple at Bhatulem, Panjim was robbed of the jewellery adorning the religious idols totally valued at Rs. 2,33,000/-