Mumbai: The Mumbai police has cracked the case of idol theft from a Jain temple in Dadar by arresting a 48-year-old man. The police traced the accused with the help of CCTV footage. The police have also seized the stolen 5-kg silver idol. The accused has been identified as Ramesh Parulekar.
According to a report , the idol of Munisuvrat Nath, one of the Jain Tirthankaras, was stolen from Dadar temple on March 26. The Shivaji Park police had formed a special team headed by senior police inspector, Siryakant Gaikwad, to crack the case.
"Using the temple's CCTV footage, we established the identity of the accused, and later, with the help of sources and informers, got to know the accused was a drug addict and used to visit Reti Bunder in Mahim every day,” the report quoted Inspector Gaikwad as saying.
The accused Parulekar was arrested after police team later laid a trap in Mahim. Parulekar is a resident of Gandhi Nagar slum near Juhu Tara Road. Police say the accused Parulekar confessed to his crime during interrogation. According to the police officials, the accused sold the idol to a milk vendor named for RS 1.2 lakh.
“We recovered the idol from milkseller Dave’s home but could not find him,” the report quotes Pandarinath Kande, assistant police inspector, as saying.
According to police, Parulekar in his confessional statement also admitted to four other thefts. The thefts were committed within the jurisdiction of NM Joshi Marg police station.