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Seven high-value antique sculptures seized from handicrafts shop in Villupuram

A special team of Idol Wing led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) M. Kathiravan conducted searches at a shop at Bommiyarapalayam near Puducherry.

A special team of Idol Wing led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) M. Kathiravan conducted searches at a shop at Bommiyarapalayam near Puducherry.

Idol wing CID police officials have seized seven high-value metal idols, which are suspected to be antique, from a handicraft shop at Bommayarapalayam in Villupuram district near Puducherry.

The Idol Wing got information from a source that a handicrafts shop called Metal Crafts located at Bommiyarapalayam Kannika Garden in Villupuram district is hoarding ancient stolen metal idols of Tamil Nadu for illegal sale.

A special team of Idol Wing led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) M. Kathiravan searched the shop on September 17 after obtaining permission from the Judicial Magistrate. Director General of Police, Idol Wing CID’s Jayant Murali supervised the search.

Police said that during searches at 42-year-old K Ramachandran’s shop, the owner of the metal craft, officials seized a document that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had declared before the ASI an idol of Ardhanarishvara produced by him. A suspicious antique in 2016. This document confirmed that the shop was smuggling antiques, so when the team intensified the search, the antique figurines that the owner was secretly hiding inside the shop fell out. At the end of the search, the authorities confiscated seven idols – three different shapes of Ardhanarishvara, bronze of Goddess Sivagami, Lord Krishna, Buddha and Mullamalaavaganam.

According to Mr Kathiravan, the police team confiscated the idols after the shop owner failed to produce valid documents authorizing legal custody of the ancient idols.

“Since the owner could not establish the origin of the idols, we are registering a case and investigating how and by whom and from where the idols were stolen.” Mr. Kathiravan said.

The investigating officer on Saturday produced the seized idols for remand before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kumbakonam. Officials said the wing would soon produce the idols before the ASI for inspection and a report would be sent to Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments to identify and hand over the idols to the temples.

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