Bhubaneswar, April 7 (LocalWire): The special task force of the crime branch arrested two more accused associated with ‘ashtadhatu’ idol smuggling, that they busted in February and recovered another idol, weighing 5 kg from them on Saturday.
The STF had arrested the kingpin Sayed Ziulnur from Jadupur on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar in February.
Police had also recovered two idols weighing 18.44 kg and 12.60 kg from his possession.
The STF will approach the Archaeological Survey of India to ascertain whether the idols belong to any museum, temple, fort or historical site.
Police said the value of recovered idols is in crores and said the racket was mainly involved in smuggling antiques to Nepal through Odisha.
‘We found several phone numbers of people from Karnataka, Kerala and Nepal from the mastermind. We suspect the gang has international links.
Both the accused, identified as Yusuf Mirza and Amir Khan, residents of Chandaka area have been forwarded to the court and we may bring them under remand for further investigation,’ said a STF official.