Two antique idols recovered, smugglers’ gang busted

June 23rd, 2009 - 10:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) Two people were arrested and two priceless antique idols were recovered from them as Delhi Police’s Crime Branch said Tuesday it had busted a gang involved in smuggling of such artefacts.
“The accused, Suresh and Nepal Singh, were arrested Monday from south Delhi while they were trying to sell the two stolen antiquities,” a police official said.

A 14th century idol of Lord Mahavir in meditation posture, made of bronze, was recovered from Suresh and a ninth century stone sculpture was recovered from Nepal Singh.

“Archaeological Survey of India officials, after preliminary examination, confirmed that both sculptures are precious antiquities,” said the official.

Police are looking for two more people, identified as Gurdeep and Rajesh, who had given the idols to the accused for sale. “Efforts are on to arrest Gurdeep and Rajesh and to ascertain the source of these antiques,” the official added.

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