Submitted by Newseditor on Wed, 2015-11-25 20:52 Bengaluru: A group of thieves barged into Kavishaila, a memorial of renowned Kannada poet Kuvempu at his birthplace Kuppalli in Shivamogga district on Monday night and stole his Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards from the museum. The Karnataka state government has taken the issue seriously and Home Minister G Parameshwar said that the police will nab the culprits very soon. Parameshwar said that miscreants had accomplished it within 19 minutes between 8.10 pm and 8.29 pm on Monday at Kuppalli. “The miscreants stole Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards of Kuvempu from the museum, which was installed at his residence in Kuppalli. They broke the CCTV cameras before committing the offence. But, the CCTV has captured the visuals of the persons, who entered the museum and the miscreants covered their faces. Our police officials have informed that they will nab the culprits very soon,” Home Minister G Parameshwar said. He added that there were two security guards in the museum. One guard’s duty ends at 8 pm and another delayed to report for his night shift. In between this time, the miscreants had committed the crime. Kuvempu is the pen name of Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa, a novelist, poet, playwright, critic and thinker. He was conferred with Padma Bhushan award in 1958 and Padma Vibhushan in 1988. He was the second “Rashtrakavi” of Kannada. He died in 1994 and later the Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Trust, developed his birthplace into Kavishaila, which attracts many tourists, especially literature students in the state. The Theerthahalli police have taken up the case and probe is underway.