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Antique idols of Goddess Parvathi & Lord Shiva recovered in raid on art gallery near Chennai

The antique idol of sitting Parvathi Amman which was one of the three idols recovered by Tamil Nadu Police

Acting swiftly on a tip-off, Tamil Nadu Police recovered three valuable antique idols worth Rs 2.5 crore that were stolen and illegally stored in an art gallery in Mamallapuram near Chennai last week.

The three idols are a sitting Parvathi idol (weighing 8.4 kilograms); a dancing Shiva idol (7.5 kilograms) and a standing Parvathi idol (26.4 kilograms).

This news was shared by the Director General of Police (DGP) Jayanth Murali on Twitter wherein he congratulated the team for conducting the search and seizing the idols and also announced a cash reward of Rs 10,000 to the state police’s Idol Wing Crime Investigation Department.

The CID sent their special team on receiving information that three valuable metal idols were illegally stored in ‘The Boutique’ – an art gallery. While searching the premises of this gallery, the team found three antique metal idols and seized them.

While no arrests have been made so far, the gallery owners have been told to furnish appropriate documents for these idols.