Crime

A house full of stolen antiques

Print edition : July 08, 2016

Stolen idols recovered from the house and godown of the art and artefacts dealer Deenadayalan in Chennai. Photo: R. Ragu

One of the stolen idols seized during the raid on the house and godown of Deenadayalan. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

One of the stolen idols seized during the raid on the house and godown of Deenadayalan. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

One of the stolen idols seized during the raid on the house and godown of Deenadayalan. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

One of the stolen idols seized during the raid on the house and godown of Deenadayalan. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

One of the stolen idols seized during the raid on the house and godown of Deenadayalan. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Paintings seized in the raids. Photo: R. RAGHU

R. Nagasamy, former Director of the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department, is helping Pon. Manickavel (right) assess the value and determine the possible origins of the seized artefacts. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Subash Kapoor. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The Idol Wing police in Tamil Nadu seize a treasure trove of antique idols stolen from temples in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka at the home of a “trader” in arts and artefacts, and in the process bust an international smuggling syndicate.

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