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Robbers pounce on Durban temple

By Zainul Dawood Time of article published Aug 24, 2017

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DURBAN - A second temple has been robbed, this time while language classes were taking place at the Laksmi Narayan Temple in Mobeni Heights.

The incident on Wednesday night followed a robbery last Monday when

at gunpoint.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said five men walked into the temple in last night’s incident and robbed those inside at gunpoint. 

They took cellphones, wallets and handbags. 

They also took three vehicles which were later recovered in Lamontville.

A temple official, who did not want to be named, said about twenty students of all ages were attending classes to learn Sanskrit, an Indian language, when the attackers walked 

in.

“They told learners to sit on the floor and not to look up at them. The robbery was quick and nobody was injured. However, everybody is in a state of shock,” he said.

According to an official, a guard who was on duty, was shoved into a corner near the entrance and had a woollen hat pulled over his face.

Ashwin Trikamjee, president of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, said it was a sad reality that law and order had been diluted to the point where people’s safety was threatened in places of workship.

“The long arm of the law needs to re-establish itself if the present state of affairs is going to be halted. 

“In the absence of this, it is a sad but harsh reality, that the incidents will continue unabated.”

He said that places of worship would now have to consider employing armed security to protect worshippers.

“Religious institutions are soft targets for robbers. Nobody attends services with any kind of threat in mind, security is non-existent for all the right reasons. 

The robbers clearly see them as soft targets.”

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