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‘Sanskari’ thieves perform Puja before fleeing with gold and cash from Kerala Bank

Seeking the blessings of deities is a must before doing anything important, according to belief. Some thieves in Kerala duly followed tradition by conducting a puja before looting gold and silver from a financial company, Manorama Online reported. The incident happened in Kollam district of Kerala where burglars broke into a private financial company named Pathanapuram Bankers at Janata Junction. The owner of the financial institution, Ramchandran Nair, from Pidavoor, discovered the theft when he arrived at his business at 9am on Monday.

The owner claimed that the disbelievers managed to get away with cash and gold worth Rs 42 lakh from the business. However, what puzzled the police was the scene left behind by the thieves. As he reached the crime scene, the police found a picture of Lord Deva placed on three sheets.

Additionally, they spotted a small trident with a yellow string attached, a lemon, liquor, and betel leaves. All of this suggested that the burglars had conducted a puja before stealing the gold and silver. According to the police complaint filed by the owner, he had kept 100 gold sovereigns worth Rs 30 lakh and Rs 4 lakh in cash in two separate lockers at the bank.

According to a police officer, the bank remained open until Saturday afternoon and was closed on Sunday. He added that the thieves managed to reach the first floor of the three-storey building through the roof. To get inside the bank, they broke the iron gates and forced open the door.

The officer further explained that the disbelievers used a box cutter to open the lockers and get their hands on the gold and silver.

Apparently, besides the puja items, the thieves had left other suspicious items which baffled the police. A police officer shared that human hair was found strewn throughout the room. He suspected this was done intentionally to fool the police dogs.

In addition, a poster stating “I am dangerous; don’t follow me” posted on a wall, also caught the attention of the police.

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