6 precious statues seized, 2 smugglers nabbed

Last Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 11:35

Araria: Two persons were arrested in the district for allegedly trying to smuggle out six precious mixed metal idols to Nepal.

Acting on a tip off, SSB personnel stopped an autorickshaw late last night at Bathnaha outpost and after a check found half-a-dozen `Ashtadhatu` statues of Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshmi and others, Deputy Commandant of SSB Maheshwar Prasad said today.

Two persons have been arrested, he said, adding investigation found that they were taking the statues to Nepal through Jogbani in Bihar.
The statues weighed 31 kg and their value is estimated in crores of rupees, the SSB official said.

The auto driver has also been detained for questioning, he said.


First Published: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 11:35
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