Kurnool: Over the last few weeks, the Andhra Pradesh police's Kurnool unit have been on their toes following a spree of temple thefts. These incidents have added pressure to the cops who are already witnessing attacks from the opposition over temple attacks. However, weeks into the investigation, the cops solved the case and nabbed a notorious gang.

CCTV footage helped the Kurnool police to solve the series of thefts committed at six temples and one house in the district in the recent past. The police have nabbed the gang and recovered the stolen properties.

Speaking of the investigation Superintendent of Police Fakkeerappa Kaginelli said, "The notorious gang have been on a chase, they stole valuables from 6 temples. Following this several teams were constituted to probe into these incidents. As part of the probe, the CCTV footage was collected from the temples at Veldurthi, Gonegandla, Halahavri, and a house in Gudur. This helped cops in identifying the accused".

Three persons were arrested on a charge of stealing from the Veldurthi Thikkaratha Swamy temple, the Ayyappaswamy temple, and Yellamma Thalli temple on March 1 midnight. The police have solved the case within 28 days, the cop added.

The accused include Pagidyala Subbarayudu (28) from Kadapa district, Nagaluri Adinarayana (35), Nagaluri Janayya (24), Gurnadham Gangaraju (24), Nagaluri Yesebu (18), and Gurnadham Anjaneyulu (22). Besides these, accused Subbaryudu upon arrest, revealed information about Adinarayana and Janayya, all have been arrested. The police recovered Rs 4,000 cash and a dagger.


1. In a separate incident, cash was stolen from the hundis (Collection Boxes) of Kasi Neelakantheswara Swamy and Chintalamuni Swamy temples at Gonegandla village. In this connection, the police arrested Nagaluru Adinarayana (35) and Nagaluru Janayya (24), both hailing from Ontimitta. The police recovered Rs36,448 and a motorcycle.

2. At Halahavri Belagutta Basaveswara Swamy temple, three hundis were broken and cash was stolen. The police recovered Rs 60,400, a motorcycle and the stolen jewellery made of panchaloha (70 grams) and silver (80 grams). Nagaluri Chinna Venkatesh (27) and Gurunadham Yedukondalu (27) were arrested

3. In a house-breaking incident at Gudur, Jahangir (45) was arrested from Gudipadu village in Telangana, and Rs16 lakh in cash, silver ornaments worth Rs35,000 worth and a cellphone were recovered.

The lock of the main door of Shaik Nazeer's house was tampered with and Rs17 lakh cash stored in a plastic bucket in the house and other material were stolen, according to a complaint lodged by the victim.

A team led by Kodumuru Circle Inspector recovered 10 tulas of gold coin and 18.5 tulas of gold ornament found the accused, which were allegedly stolen in 10 different thefts taken place in Gadwal and Pebbair in Telangana. The SP said that the gold would be handed over to the Telangana Police through the court in due course.

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