In what known as the largest seizure of antiques in latest occasions, customs officers seized 25 idols price greater than Rs 35 crore from a district alongside the Indo-Bangla border in north Bengal on August 23.
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The antiques belong to the interval between ninth century AD and sixteenth century AD and have been being smuggled to Bangladesh in a truck.
There have been seven stone idols of goddess Parvati, Manasha Devi, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya, seven metallic artefacts made from bronze and octo-alloy used for casting metallic idols in Hindu and Jain temples, apart from 11 terracotta idols.
The oldest of them is an idol of Hindu deity Surya measuring 23.5 inches. It belongs to ninth century and is price Rs 5 crore within the worldwide market.
Performing on a tip-off, officers of the Commissionerate of Customs (preventive) in West Bengal intercepted a truck at South Dinjapur on Sunday evening. The antiques have been hid within the paddy loaded within the truck.
The vintage have been checked by specialists from the Akshaya Kumar Maitreya Heritage Museum beneath the North Bengal College in Siliguri who evaluated them to be price Rs 35.3 crore within the worldwide market. It’s not identified from the place the idols have been stolen.