700-yr-old Quran stolen from Hindu owner
55-year-old Jaidev Prasad Sharma said the holy book was gifted to him by a friend in 2011.
On the day of incident, a man who he occasionally did business with visited him at home with another man and asked to see the Quran. While Sharma was briefly distracted by a phone call, the visitor allegedly pulled a gun on him. The two outsiders then stole the Quran and rode away on a motorcycle.
Heartbroken at having lost a valuable piece of heritage, Jaidev said he never wanted to sell the book and despite being a Hindu he had venerated it; his dream was to pass it on to his daughter.
"The Quran had a specialty", Sharma said, "It had calligraphy in gold and also used sapphire." He said he had hoped to pass on the heirloom to his daughter.
Registering a case, the police said the book was probably stolen because of its antique value and precious stones.
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