Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 22:
The Commissionerate Police have recovered nine antique ‘ashtadhatu’ idols of Lord Krishna and Radha worth crores from a road connecting Adaspur over-bridge under Balianta police limits on Wednesday night soon after a 5.8-magnitude quake hit Odisha.
Local sources said some local people, who were out on the roads after the tremors till late night, heard the sound of a heavy metallic object falling on the road near a bridge, as a speeding bike passed by. They were curious about the content of the bag as the two persons, who were on the bike, did not return to pick it up.
When they opened the bag, they found nine antique ‘ashtadhatu’ idols of Lord Krishna and Radha and immediately informed the matter to the Balianta police.
These idols had been stolen from Shree Kishore Jew temple located at Erancha village in Niali area in Cuttack district on May 6 this year.The theft had come to light the next morning when the temple priest Hemanta Padhi lodged a complaint with the local police station.
Police said the idols, which are at least 200 years old, weigh 8.200 kg and are worth crores of rupees in international antique market.
The idols were handed over to the Niali police who were investigating the theft case.
The police sources here said the Niali police have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits, who are yet to be identified.