Kendrapara, Oct 26 (Localwire) A court in Kendrapara district today sentenced a burglar two years imprisonment in connection with theft of idols and ornaments from the famous Radhakrushna temple in Nurugaon on March 23 this year.
The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Rajnagar, Sadhanjit Panda convicted the accused Rashmiranjan Parida of Kurundi village in the district for stealing the idols, silver crowns of the deities and Rs 35, 000 cash from a donation box (Hundi) in the temple.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs. two thousand on the convict and failure to pay would result the sentence being increased by two months.
According to prosecution, the accused had managed to force his way into the sanctum sanatorium breaking open the main door and looted the temple.
After investigation, police had arrested the accused.
In the last three years, altogether 15 temples, Buddhist monasteries and other historical places in the district and nearby areas had been burgled.
Despite the high incidence of temple burgling cases, the conviction rate of arrested thieves were virtually nil for several reasons.
But, the jinx was broken today with the conviction of Parida, said Subash Das, a lawyer.