Idol thieves’ gang busted in Haryana

July 26th, 2008 - 12:15 am ICT by IANS  


Chandigarh, July 25 (IANS) The Haryana Police Friday claimed to have busted an international gang of idol thieves with the arrest of two men and the recovery of Jain temple idols from them. The police arrested Sanjay and Sandeep of Bhiwani district and recovered the idols of Padam Prabhu, Chanda Prabhu, Mahavir Swami and Chobisi Bhagwan stolen from Digambar Jain Mandir in Haryana’s Jhajjar town.

“Acting on a tip-off that the two men were going to Sarafa Bazar to try and sell the idols, the police arrested them,” a police spokesman said.

He added that the arrested men had confessed that the idols were stolen with the help of one Bijendra of Bhiwani in January 2008.

The police also seized idols worth millions of rupees in the grey market.

A case of theft has been registered against the duo and the police is on the look out for the third accused.

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