Antique idol worth Rs.50 mn recovered, five held

February 26th, 2009 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida, Feb 26 (IANS) Five people allegedly involved in the smuggling of idols were arrested and an antique idol worth Rs.50 million in the international market was recovered from their possession, the police said Thursday.
“Vinay Malik, Ramesh Prasad Sinha, Ashok Kumar Singh, Pawan Jindal and Naresh Sharma were arrested Wednesday night in raids across Noida and an idol weighing about 2.50 kg and estimated to be worth Rs.50 million in the international market was recovered from their possession,” Senior Superintendent of Police Navin Arora told IANS.

“We are trying to get the true value and authenticity of the idol verified by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI),” he said.

“Pawan Jindal was the mastermind of the gang and used to smuggle antique pieces to Nepal. They also had their network in Bihar and Jharkhand,” Arora added.

The police also seized a Tata Indica car from them.

“We are also looking out for other members of the gang,” Arora said.

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