600-year-old idol worth Rs 2.35 crore recovered, 4 held


The Times of India reports:
CHENNAI: Sleuths of the state idol wing CID on Tuesday night arrested four people, including an engineer employed at a thermal power plant, for stealing a 600-year old panchaloha idol from a temple at Uthiramerur near Kancheepuram. The suspects planned to sell the idol to an agent in Malaysia, police said. Police, who believe the idol of Sundaramurthy Nayanar is worth around Rs 2.35 crore in the international market, added that Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials had, after verification, confirmed that it dated to around 1,400AD.
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