Six arrested for attempting to sell antique idols
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 00:20
  
Vijayawada/Hyderabad: Six persons were arrested today from Krishna district and Hyderabad while allegedly trying to sell rare ancient idols including that of "Goddess Bhoodevi", police said.

Three panchaloha (five metals) idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and an antique idol of Hindu Goddess 'Bhoodevi' were recovered from the four person arrested from Gannavaram village in Krishna district while they attempted to smuggle the idols with an intention to sell them off, Vijayawada Commissioner of Police, K V Rajendranath Reddy told reporters.

Archaeology department officials have assessed the value of the seized idols to be worth Rs 2 crore in international market, the senior police officer said, adding, the exact period and origination of the three idols is being verified.

Meanwhile, two persons were arrested from Secunderabad Railway Station yesterday while they were allegedly trying to sell an antique idol of Hindu Goddess 'Bhoodevi' dating back to Vijayanagara empire and approximately 400 years-old.

The arrested duo Madhusudan Reddy and his friend Rajaram Reddy was in search of a customer to sell off the idol at Rs 30 lakh, Commissioner Task Force, DCP V B Kamalasan Reddy said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 00:20


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