The Delhi Police on Saturday seized a 13th century idol of Lord Vishnu,worth around Rs 1 crore. A 42-year-old man,who was allegedly planning to sell it,was also arrested.
Israr -ul-Haque,hailing from Jaipur,was apprehended from Mori Gate on February 29 on a tip-off that a person was travelling to Jaipur to sell antique idols, said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Joy Tirkey.
The Idol is that of Lord Vishnu with four arms,standing on a lotus. There are ten small statues of men and women,two statues of elephants and two statues of horses surrounding the main statue. We believe the idol belonged to the Sena Dynasty or the Deva Kingdom of medieval Bengal, he said
He said the idol was given to Haque by a man named Tapas,residing in Malda,West Bengal. The idol was reportedly stolen from a temple in Malda.
Haque works for one Shakeel who is involved trading gems and antiques. According to him,Shakeel has bought and sold a number of antique statues from Tapas and his men in Malda. Shakeel has a police record and was arrested for a similar offence in October 2009 in Delhi,Tirkey said.
A case under Sections of Antiquity and Art Treasures Act,1972,and the IPC has been registered.