Officials, priests inspect Deenadayalan’s ‘collection’ to find missing idols

Officials of Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments department and priests of various temples from across Tamil Nadu have reached Chennai to find out whether idols missing from their respective temples are there in Deenadayalan’s ‘collection’.

Temple officials and priests from various temples, including Tiruvarur and Vellore districts and the HR and CE authorities, inspected the idols here at the residence of the racket’s suspected kingpin Deenadayalan.

“They are searching to find out their idols from the 285 statues seized from Deenadayalan. The operation will continue for a day or more,” sources said.

Officials, priests inspect Deenadayalan’s ‘collection’ to find missing idols

Idol wing police had on May 31 busted the idol smuggling gang, arrested three persons and seized antique sculptures said to be worth over Rs 50 crore from Deenadayalan’s house at Alwarpet.

A team headed by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pon Manickavel conducted the seizure based on a tip off about the idols being transported for smuggling. The idols were meant to be sent to Mumbai, from where they would be shipped abroad, police said.

Different stone idols ranging from a small Ganapathy to Dakshinamoorthy and pillars and vessels were found stocked in the house.