TN Idol wing grabs former idol Murugan
A Tamil Nadu Idol Wing detective posed as a potential buyer and helped seize an idol of Lord Murugan, which was billed to be sold for Rs 3 crore in Coimbatore, police said on Saturday.
Following reports that S Bhaskar of Ukkadam, Coimbatore was attempting to sell an ancient Murugan idol for Rs 3 crore, DGP, Idol Wing CID K Jayanth Murali, Idol Wing CID, Dinakaran, and Superintendent of Police Ravi, hatched a plan to disguise the wing staff as a potential buyer to approach the seller.
As a result, Sub-Inspector Pandiarajan from Madurai Unit disguised himself as a buyer and approached the idol seller, a month ago. “Initially, seller Bhaskar was very reluctant to give his address and show the idol. Gradually, Pandiarajan gained his trust. During negotiations, the IS recorded the conversation with the seller to be used as evidence later,’ a statement said.
In one such conversation, the seller disclosed that he had an idol, which was over 130 years old, and was ready to sell it for Rs 3 crore. Bhaskar agreed to meet Pandiarajan at a location near the Coimbatore bus station on November 3. He agreed to show the idol if an advance of Rs 10 lakh was brought to him, the statement added.
He only revealed his address after Pandiarajan agreed to give him the advance. Following this, a team under the supervision of ADSP Central Zone Balamurugan comprising DSP P Chandrasekaran, Inspector Sathya Prabha and others proceeded to Bhaskar’s residence accompanied by Pandiarajan and Administrative Officer of the village (VAO) of the city of Coimbatore on November 4 and seized the idol. of Lord Murugan.
There was no document to prove provenance. Also, it became clear to the Idol Wing CID that the idol was meant for worship in a temple and should belong to a temple.
The idol weighed 250 kg while the Thiruvachi (ornamental arch) weighed 50 kg. The idol was 113 cm long and 38 cm wide.
DGP C Sylendra Babu and other senior officials appreciated the police team for their excellent work.
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