Thursday, March 16, 2006

Seven held for possessing and selling tiger skins, idols

Seven held for possessing and selling tiger skins, idols

Patna: Seven persons have been arrested for possessing and trying to sell tiger skins and ancient idols worth nearly Rs 10 crore during a late night operation here, police said today.


The seven were arrested late last night from a hotel on Ashok Rajpath here and four tiger skins and five asthadhatu (an alloy of eight metals) idols seized from them, Superintendent of police (city) Vikas Vaibhav told reporters.


On being tipped off about the presence of the smugglers at the hotel, a police team, posing as buyers, tried to strike a deal with them.


During the the course of negotiations, the smugglers displayed the goods including the tiger skins, the idols of various Hindu gods and a stone idol of Buddha. The police then arrested all seven of them and seized the items.


"Some of those arrested are from Patna and others belong to Nawada," he said.


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