150 more idols, 50 paintings recovered

June 13, 2016 12:00 am | Updated October 18, 2016 02:47 pm IST - CHENNAI:

On Sunday, the second day of the raid at the godown of idol smuggler Deenadayalan, the sleuths of the Idol wing-CID of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) found more than 150 idols and 50 paintings.

On Saturday, the police team had raided Deenadayalan's godown located at Venus Colony in Alwarpet.

The cement-roofed structure is located just a few streets away from the house of the accused at Murrays Gate in the same area and Deenadayalan is believed to have taken the godown on rent. A senior official said that the idols and paintings were worth crores of rupees.

The exquisite sculptures mostly belong to the Hoysala period and must have been sourced from various parts of south India. At the inspection site, the officials also recovered wood sculptures and materials related to temple architecture. Officers of the Idol Wing-CID busted the racket on May 31.

The sculptures belong mostly to the Hoysala era and may have been obtained from parts of south India

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