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Rare antique idol of Lord Mahavira recovered, one arrested

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) The Delhi police have recovered a rare antique idol of Lord Mahavira, dating back to eighth century A D, from a goldsmith in South Delhi.

The ashtadhatu idol of Lord Mahavira, the 24 Jain Tirthankara, was recovered from Manoj Sony when he had gone to Maurice Nagar in North Delhi to dispose it off to a tout.

The accused disclosed that the said idol had been given to him by a person who he had come in contact with about a year ago.

The person told him that the antique idol was several hundred years old and was worth rupees one or two crore. He also offered Manoj, who is working as a goldsmith with a South Delhi jeweller, a 50 per cent share if the idol could be sold by him. Since then, Manoj had been on the lookout for a buyer and had been called on Sunday to Maurice Nagar by a tout to show the idol to some buyer, police said.

A preliminary report obtained from the Archaeological survey of India revealed the idol as a rare antique idol with all 32 characteristic features of mahapurusha.

The inscription on the base is of two characters and could possibly be of 'Nagari' script around the 7th or 8th century AD. The database of the CBI is also being checked to ascertain the source of the idol.

Efforts are on to apprehend the other accused suspected to be involved in the racket.


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