A set of antique Panchaloha idols were recovered by the city police with the arrest of one person. Besides the idols of Anjaneya and Ugra Narasimha, a conch and 95 coins were recovered.

The police, who have now sought the opinion of the Archaeology Department, recovered these antique pieces from Ashwatnarayana (38) of Bairanahalli near Magadi. The accused, it is learnt, received these articles from Mariswamy alias Chaddi Swami, whom the police are looking for. “Goddess Chamundeswari and Lord Subramanya have been inscribed minutely on the conch; it may have belonged to royalty,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) H.S. Revanna.

Mariswamy, the police said, had been deceiving people by telling them that these articles would bring them good fortune. Among those to be deceived included Mutturayappa in Lakkenahalli near Kolar. Recently, Mariswamy and his friend Prabhu performed puja in the agricultural land belonging to Mutturayappa without his knowledge.

The duo then dug a pit and hid these antique items in it before informing Mutturayappa that these articles were recovered from his field. According to the police, Mariswamy gave the articles to Mutturayappa for Rs. 2 lakh. However, when Mutturayappa found it difficult to sell them, Mariswamy negotiated with a businessman to buy them for Rs. 60 lakh.

The Rajagopalnagar police received a tip off and raided the residence of Ashwatnarayana, who had recently purchased the items.

“We are tracking the movements of Mariswamy,” Mr. Revanna said.

125 cases solved

In the last 20 days, the North Division police have been able to arrest 92 persons and solve 125 cases.

Among articles recovered included 63 two-wheelers, 13 kg of silver articles and two kg gold ornaments.