Berhampur, Oct 23 (LocalWire): Several idols of Hindu gods and goddesses stocked in two tin boxes were found by farmers from an abandoned house inside a farmland at Mukundapur under Ganjam district’s Jarada police station limits on Tuesday.
The land belonged to senior Congress leader and former Assembly Speaker Chintamani Dyansamantara.
‘After checking the boxes, we found several idols, masks and utensils made of brass. We informed the police and handed them over for inquiry,’ said Dyansamantara.
‘We suspected some miscreants might have kept these after looting temples,’ said sub divisional police officer, Chikiti, Surendra Nath Murmu.
Inspector in charge, Jarada police station, Mrutunjay Swain, said they inquired in nearby villages whether any temple ws looted in the vicinity. ‘We are inquiring and hope the miscreants will be arrested soon,’ he said.
Police, however, are not sure whether the idols are made of ashtadhatu (alloy of eight metals). It will be known only after verifying, said police. The astadhatu idols are in great demand in the International market as they are antique pieces.
The idols, masks and some photos including Tara Tarini, Durga, Shiva, Nag, Nursingha and several brass plates, kirati of idols besides some clothes were also found from a bag, which was also found near the boxes, police said.