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14 idols stolen from math in Bihar

IANS  |  Patna 

Fourteen precious idols of Hindu deities were looted early on Friday from a centuries old math in Bihar's district, police said.

All the idols -- of Ram, Janaki, Hanuman and Lakshman -- were made of gold and "ashtadhatu" -- an alloy of gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, tin, iron and mercury.

said a to 10 armed criminals looted the idols after taking two personnel hostage.

"We have identified some suspects who may be connected with the incident," he said.

Similar thefts have been reported from Gaya, Bhagalpur, Kishanganj, Vaishali, Begusarai, Saran, Samastipur, Jamui, Nalanda, Rohtas, and districts. Except in a few cases, police have been unable to recover the stolen idols.

An official of the archaeology department said that ancient idols made of "ashtadhatu" were in great demand in the international market.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 15:24 IST
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