Staff Reporter

Crowds gathered in no time, small tents got erected and special prayers commenced

HYDERABAD: Thousands of people thronged the causeway near Chaderghat bridge after a statue of goddess Kali surfaced while digging the soil for laying drainage pipeline on Saturday.

As news of the statue spread, huge crowds gathered at the causeway, decorated the place with green leaves, erected small tents and performed special prayers. Mild tension prevailed as Chaderghat police and local revenue officials tried to shift the statue. Archaeological department officials on examining the statue said it could be nearly 400 years old.

Local BJP leaders and devotees thronged the causeway bringing traffic to a standstill. Residents of the area said they would prefer to install the statue at the spot where it was found.