Shimla: Robbers in the intervening night of yesterday and today decamped with antique idols from a temple premises in Rohru and on being confronted by a temple security guard, murdered him, to make their escape.
District police chief Abhishek Dullar said on the complaint of one Shamsher Singh, a murder case has been registered against unknown persons.
Hira Lal, a local security guard at a temple in Rohru area was found murdered and 8 idols, gold and silver ornaments and other valuable religious items were found to have been stolen in the morning, said the police chief.
He said that the idols had been taken out from the temple strong room, a few day ago, for display at a local fair. They were to be kept back in a days time, when the robbers struck at night.
Dullar said that it was difficult to assess the antique value of the stolen idols but the material value had been put at about Rs 15 lakhs.
An attempt was made to break into the main temple but it was unsuccessful, he added.
A case evoking sections 302, 392 and 34 of Indian Penal Code had been evoked and sub inspector Madan Lal, the additional station house officer at Rohru police station had been made the investigating officer said Dullar.