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Press Release

Asthadhatu idol of Rs. 40 Crore seized by SSB

New Delhi-12 June, 2017 – The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has seized Asthadhatu idol of Sita. The idol, estimated worth Rs. 40 crore in the Antiques market was on Sunday seized by the troopers of 41st battalion SSB in joint operation with preventive and intelligence customs. They also apprehended two smugglers in a well planned and co-ordinated operation upon significant inputs.

During preliminary interrogation it was revealed that “a thriving network of smugglers keeps stealing antique idols from temples in Bihar. They sell them in Nepal from where they are sent to other countries in the East and West, where collectors buy them at very high prices.



The idol of Sita, made of Asthadhatu weight 12.78 kgs, height 50 cms was sent to North Bengal University Siliguri for confirmation and the same has been duly verified that the idol is an antique one.

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