The Kalaburagi police have busted an inter-State gang involved in stealing precious idols from Siddarameshwar Mutt in Jidaga village in Aland taluk in district recently. Two of the eight gang members, Shivaji Namdev Kale and Shivaji vasant Ubale, both from Osmanabad district in Maharashtra, were arrested on Wednesday.
The accused were involved in the theft of the precious idol of Siddarameshwar weighing nearly 5 kg, and other artefacts made of silver and brass weighing up to 16 kg and worth ₹ 8.65 lakh from the Jidaga Mutt in Aland taluk on June 7.
The police have recovered the idols. Interrogation of the accused has revealed that most of the gang members are lorry drivers. The police said that they are on the lookout for their accomplices.