Police seize `ashtadhatu` idol worth over Rs two crore

Last Updated: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 21:56

Allahabad: Police on Monday claimed to have
seized an `ashtadhatu` idol, estimated to be over a century
old and worth over Rs 2 crore in the international market with
the arrest of two persons in this connection.

The idol, made of an alloy of eight metals and hence
called `ashtadhatu`, was seized in Tharwai police station area
of the district`s trans-Ganga region, about 35 kms from the
city.

"The recovery of the idol, which appears to be more
than 100 years old and worth over Rs 2 crore in the
international market was following a tip-off that two persons
were looking out for buyers for the precious artefact",
in-charge of the Tharwai police station Sajid Khan said.

He said, during interrogation the duo claimed that
they had not stolen the idol but had "received it as a
blessing from a sadhu" during their recent visit to Ayodhya.

However, further investigations were on in the matter
and a case has been registered against the two, whoa re
brothers, under the Antique Property Act.

Bureau Report




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