Thief nabbed, 500-year-old stolen ‘paduka’ recovered

Nagpur: On Wednesday, Tehsil police nabbed an alleged thief who on Tuesday had stolen 500-year-old ‘paduka’ (footwear) along with other material from a temple of Lord Shiva at Golibar Chowk. Police nabbed the suspect, who was identified as Salim Javed, on Ram Jhula bridge.

According to police, on Tuesday Salim, a Bhankheda resident, was intoxicated when he sneaked inside the temple and stole the padukas kept on the show as there was a puja at the temple.

Devotees had initially turned Salim away as he was drunk but he later sneaked inside when no one looked and stole the objects. Police in Tehsil had a theft case registered. Tehsil police detection division scrutinized closes circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the temple and nearby sites, and also warned their informers.

When cops patrolled the area on Tuesday night they got a tipoff Salim was on Ram Jhula. And then he was nabbed by police. Cops also seized Rs 5,000 worth of the padukas and other objects from it.

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