12 of 26 missing gems found in Kerala temple
However, the investigation will continue as it still has to find the remaining 14 stones reported missing.
The complaint was that diamonds were missing from two necklaces of the deity, and also from the ‘muthukkuda’ placed above the deity.
The interim report has stated that the gems went missing probably when flower garlands were removed from the deity. It was a common practice for the deity to be garlanded while it is taken for a procession.
“It is usual for some leaf or flower strands to get entangled on some of these gems, and when the priests remove them these stones just get pulled out,” a police source said.
In the complaint, the value given for the missing diamonds was `20 lakh.