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Nightmare on temple street: thieves return stolen Indian idols

NEW DELHI (AFP) – A gang of thieves have returned more than a dozen idols they stole from an ancient temple in India, saying they had been haunted by nightmares ever since the crime, according to police.

The group last week stole 16 statues from a 300-year-old temple of Lord Balaji – an incarnation of the Vishnu – police inspector Rajiv Singh told AFP.

On Monday night they left 14 of them near the house of the temple’s chief priest in Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh, he said.

“They also left behind a confession letter which said they were returning the idols because they were having scary dreams,” Singh said.

The note begged for forgiveness.