30.09.2013 ►Moodabidri Theft – Jain Bhattarakha’s to Lead Protest Urging CBI Investigation

Posted: 02.10.2013
Updated on: 30.07.2015

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A file photo of 'Siddantha Darshan Temple' from JHC's Collection taken on April 17, 2010

Moodabidri (Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka), September 30, 2013: A day long silent protest has been organised in the premises of the ancient thousand pillars temple (Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Temple) at Moodabidri on October 2, 2013 urging the Government of Karnataka to recommend the case for CBI (central bureau of investigation) enquiry. Eight (Ashta Mathadisha’s) Bhattarakhas belonging to the different Jain Muths of Karnataka along with Dr.D.Veerendra Hegde the Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala will lead the protest. The protest will be held from 8.30 am and around 2000 Jains from across Karnataka are expected to assemble at the venue and extend their support. This was commmunicated by the members of Moodabidri Jain Samaj in a press release today morning at a press conference held in the premises of the thousand pillars temple.

Appreciative of Police Action - Following the theft of 15 anciet, antique, precious Jain idols from Siddantha Darshan temple on the night of July 5, 2013 the police department have taken stern follow up action in the case and were able to trace the sources of 8 idols out of the total 15 that were stolen. Further, they were able to arrest Ghanshyam Das from Orissa the main accused who stole the idols in the case and they were also successful in arresting Subhash Sancheti alias Rajaji of Chattisgarh who is said to be the person who bought the idols from Ghanshyam Das. The Jain community is highly appreciative of the police action until this stage.

Delayed Progess in the Case - Though the police made quick advances in the investigation of this case, the progress has delayed after the arrest of Rajaji. The police haven’t been able to make any further inroads in the case after this and have not recovered all the idols nor have been able to extract any further details from the chief accused and the buyer of idols.

Urge of CBI Enquiry - The undue delay in the case has been a matter of concern to the Jain community and since the case is of grave national importance and is related to three different states (Karnataka, Orissa and Chattisgarh) they have been urging for CBI investgation. In view of the above facts and circumstances the Jain Samaj has urged CBI enquiry in the case.

Jain Bhattarakha’s who will be leading the Potest - Along with Dr.D.Veerendra Hegde the Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala the following Jain Bhattarakha’s will be leading the protest.

  • His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Moodabidri Jain Muth.
  • His Holiness Swasti Sri Lalithakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Karkala Jain Muth.
  • His Holiness Swasti Sri Devendrakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Hombuja Jain Muth.
  • His Holiness Swasti Sri Lakshmisena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Narasimharajapura Jain Muth.
  • His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhattakalanka Bhattarakha Swamiji, Swadi (Sonda) Jain Muth.
  • His Holiness Swasti Sri Vrushabasena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Lakkavalli Jain Muth.
  • His Holiness Swasti Sri Bhanukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji, Kambadahalli Jain Muth.
  • His Holiness Swasti Sri Dharmasena Bhattarakha Swamiji, Amminabhavi (Varur) Jain Muth.

-Prashanth Jain, Moodabidri; Nitin H.P.

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