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Idol wing IG holds discussions on sculptures, idols

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Press Trust of India Thanjavur
: The IG of the idol theft prevention wing, Pon Manickavel,Saturday held discussions with officials of the Sri Brihadeeswarartemple here on sculptures and idols in its inventory to facilitate renovation.
The visit of the IG and his team to the temple, also known as Big Temple, comes in the backdrop of a series of reported theft of idols and sculptures from various temples across the state under the pretext of renovatingthem.
There were also reports of disposal ofdebris of temples, which included somesculptures, during renovation.
On September 27, the idol wing CID of Tamil Nadu police recovered antique items, including idols and temple pillars from a house in Chennai.
It recently recovered a number of stolen idols, even as the Tamil Nadu government recommended a CBI probe into the matter, citing the need to carry out inter-state and an international probe into the matter.
But CBI had expressed its inability to take up the probe, citing shortage of manpower and informed the Madras High Court in this regard. It assured all assistance to the state police in extradition of the accused or coordination with the Interpol, among others.

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First Published: Sep 29 2018 | 9:25 PM IST

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