Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Rs 45 Crore Ashtadhatu Idol seized near Siliguri - Weighing 24 kgs was being smuggled to Nepal

Man detained with ‘Ashtadhatu’ idol weighing 24 kg worth Rs 45 crore on Indo-Nepal border

In a successful attempt by the Sashastra Seema Bal personnel, a person has been detained while trying to smuggle an 'Ashtadhatu' (metallic) idol near Siliguri in West Bengal from a place along Indo-Nepal border. (ANI)

In a successful attempt by the Sashastra Seema Bal personnel, a person has been detained while trying to smuggle an ‘Ashtadhatu’ (metallic) idol near Siliguri in West Bengal from a place along Indo-Nepal border. Security forces arrested the man and took the idol into their possession. After this, they weighed the idol of a deity and sought to calculate its cost. The idol weighed-in at 24.07 kilograms and was valued at an approximate Rs 45 crore, according to the reports of news agency ANI. SSB officials said the idol, possibly of ‘bala gopal’, was 54 cm in height, according to PTI. SSB personnel had acted on a tip-off from a person at Siliguri-Kisanganj road when he was on his way to smuggle it to Nepal, according to authorities.