Police seize `ashtadhatu` idol worth over Rs two crore
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Last Updated: Monday, November 09, 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


First Published: Monday, November 09, 2009, 21:56


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