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Idol Wing Cops Pose As Buyers, Seize Antique Royal Idol From Smugglers In Tamil Nadu

Idol Wing Cops Pose As Buyers, Seize Antique Royal Idol From Smugglers In Tamil Nadu


Idol Wing Cops Pose As Buyers, Seize Rare Idol From Smugglers In Tamil Nadu

A senior cop stated the smugglers had been initially cautious of the idol wing employees. (Representational)

Chennai:

It was like a scene from the movies. The Idol Wing sleuths in Tamil Nadu posed as potential consumers and seized an vintage stately idol of a woman from the royal Sethupathy clan, which the smugglers tried to promote for Rs 2.30 crore.

4 individuals had been arrested for making an attempt to promote the stolen idol and remanded earlier than the Extra Chief Judicial Justice of the Peace of Kumbakonam, the Idol Wing police stated on Friday.

Consultants who examined the seized idol, stated to be value a number of crores of rupees within the worldwide market, confirmed it to be an vintage idol of a royal girl of the Sethupathy clan, who dominated over areas in Sivagangai district 400 years in the past.

“An knowledgeable archaeologist has additionally identified that it’s a very uncommon and thrilling idol which portrays the royal clothes and the equipment worn by royal girls of that period which will likely be extraordinarily helpful to the scholars and researchers of Tamil historical past,” a launch from the Idol Wing police stated.

Director Normal of Police C Sylendra Babu lauded the Idol Wing CID Particular workforce for his or her efforts and introduced a good-looking reward to the workforce for the superb work.

Following data that an try was being made by one P Arumugaraj of Padukkapathu, Sathankulam taluk in Thoothukudi district and M Kumaravel of Idaichivilai, Sathankulam taluk, to promote an vintage idol, DGP, Idol Wing, Ok Jayanth Murali, together with Inspector Normal of Police, Idol Wing, Dinakaran and Superintendent of Police Ravi, come across an concept to disguise a few of the employees as wealthy consumers and strategy the sellers.

Following this, a particular workforce underneath ADSP Malaisamy, Madurai vary, and comprising Inspector Kavitha, Sub-Inspectors Karthikeyan, Pandiarajan and Rajesh, Particular Sub-Inspectors Selvaraj and Chandanakumar, and Head Constable Paramasivan, hoodwinked the sellers into believing that the Idol Wing employees had been rich idol collectors.

“The idol sellers had been initially cautious of the idol wing employees and it took greater than every week for the employees to win their confidence,” DGP Murali stated.

Thereafter, the sellers agreed to indicate the idol to them. They claimed the idol was with one Ok Musthafa of Mutheru in Tiruchirappalli district and demanded proof of money after it was negotiated to purchase the idol for Rs 2.30 crore, he stated.

After the proof was proven, they agreed to indicate the idol. Musthafa and the 2 brokers agreed to carry the idol to a pre-determined spot on the Outdated Trichy Street junction (Kalapatti Street junction). When Musthafa introduced the idol wrapped in a black bag, the Idol Wing sleuths seized the idol and arrested the three individuals.

Upon interrogation, it was revealed that that they had obtained the idol from one N Selvakumar of Kilamadam, Tirupattur taluk in Sivagangai district. Thereafter, the workforce rushed to Kilamadam and arrested him.

After being questioned by police, Selvakumar stated the idol was in his possession for the final 12 years and it was left behind by his father, Nagarajan, an astrologer, who died 5 years in the past. The latter obtained the idol from a coconut service provider of Sivagangai.

Selvakumar had met Musthafa and the brokers a couple of weeks in the past and determined that the one-foot tall idol could be value a number of crores of rupees because it was an vintage piece. He had requested Musthafa and others to promote the idol for Rs 2.30 crore, the DGP stated.

Investigation is underway to seek out the temple from the place the idol was stolen and the individuals who stole it. 

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