Three antique idols seized in West Bengal

November 11th, 2008 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Siliguri (West Bengal), Nov 11 (IANS) Three antique idols, valued at about Rs.3 million, were seized Tuesday in West Bengal’s North Dinajpur district by the customs department, an official said.”These three idols of Hindu gods Lord Surya, Shiva and Ganesha, all dating back to 10th-11th century A.D., were being taken to Nepal,” said a press statement issued by Additional Commissioner of Customs (North Bengal and Sikkim) R. Mangababu.

“The idol of Lord Surya was made of sandstone and the other two statues were of black stone. All the three antique pieces are worth about Rs.3 million,” it added.

The sculptures were sent to the department of history in North Bengal University for further evaluation.

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