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A special police team arrested the 15 after investigations into the theft of the granite idol from the 400-year old Agastheswara Swamy temple in Ramachandrapuram on the night of January 24.
Tamil Nadu government repeatedly committing contempt of court in idol theft cases: Madras High Court
Manickavel told the court that for the last 20 days, the accused who was directed by the court to appear before the IO was coming to the Guindy office provided for the wing but the IO was missing.
Pon Manickavel is already facing opposition from within the police force as a group of police officers recently claimed that they were compelled to file fabricated cases.
The issue pertains to three missing antique idols from the famous Kapaleeshawarar Temple, Mylapore.
Though the gang stole the idols a month ago, they did not dispose them as they were not aware of the channels to dispose the idols in the international market, police said.
Industry scale loot means auction houses are sending their top executives to pick and choose art pieces while some are sharing the pictures on social media.
The thieves beat up one of the temple’s night watchmen, Chellamuthu (60), who tried to stop them.
The petitioner, a Vedic scholar in Tiruchy, can at best, visit the temple like any other devotee and doesn’t enjoy anymore privileges than that, the court observed.
The centuries-old idols were of Lord Perumal, Lord Panchamurthi, Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Boodevi.
Suspecting that the thieves might have hidden the idols in nearby wells, the police along with fire service personnel have been checking the wells in the area.
Emaneswaram police have filed a case on this based on the complaint filed by the VAO.
Some miscreants had decamped with the idols of Radha, Krishna, Laxmi and Anthua Gopal on the night of August 8.
The state government filed a miscellaneous petition seeking the court's permission to provide the details of the cases to the Prime Minister's Office as requested by it.