Close to three months after the theft of three crowns from the temple of Sri Govinda Raja Swamy in Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati town, the police have finally cracked the case. Reportedly the three crowns which were stolen weighed approximately 1,351 gm and were valued at around Rs 50 lakh. Meanwhile, the police had arrested the accused, identified as Akash, earlier this month, they only managed to recover the gold this week. Investigation officials said that the accused had melted the crowns and was looking to sell the gold when he was arrested.
Furthermore, the police said that the accused was a native of Nanded in Maharashtra. Along with the melted gold, an iPhone was also recovered from the accused. Moreover, the superintendent of Police Anbhurajan said that several special teams had worked to crack the case over the last 80 days. Perhaps the accused's movements were first recorded in CCTV cameras within the premises of the temple itself, and later at the Tirupati railway station, police said.
Moreover, the SP added that they have found clues in Telangana's Nizamabad railway station following which they chalked out a plan, estimating all possible railway stations from where the accused could have fled. Reports added the recovered melted gold will be handed over to TTD officials. Meanwhile, TTD EO Ashok Singhal said that another set of three crowns would be arranged for the deity of Govindaraja Temple.