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How cops chanced upon the fake

On February 3,the Oshiwara police were conducting a search operation in the run-up to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: May 16, 2012 2:24:15 am

On February 3,the Oshiwara police were conducting a search operation in the run-up to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections. They had received information that a property dealer in Oshiwara,Andheri (West),had four weapons in his possession. The police conducted a search at the residence of Majid Sultan Khan (32) and found two rifles and two air guns.

Inquiries revealed that Khan had the necessary licences for the rifles and the police were about to leave his house when they noticed a huge box in his house. On being asked what the box contained,Khan replied it had an old painting that he had acquired from a dealer for sale.

When the police opened the box,they found a painting of Goya’s ‘Saturn devouring his son’. Khan said he had finalised a deal with a developer,who had given the painting to him instead of paying Rs 40 lakh. The developer had allegedly told him the painting was an original Goya and was worth crores of rupees.

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