RAMANATHAPURAM:The Thondi police recovered a panchaloha idol from an Octogenarian, who had salvaged the same during the pond desilting work at Yenthal village, here on Monday.
Sources said that during a desilting drive at the village tank, the workers unearthed two panchaloha idols and a couple of pedestals. However, unaware of the worth of the idols, the workers had thrown them away.
Meanwhile, Ulagu (81), a resident of Thalirmarunkoor, salvaged one of the idols and took it to his house. The broken idol and the pedestals were left untouched by the old man. When the matter was brought to the notice of the local police, a team led by inspector Duraipandian, reached the spot and recovered the broken idol and the pedestals. They also visited Ulagu’s house, where the octogenarian handed over the Amman idols to the police.
Sources said the antiques were handed over to the Thiruvadanai taluk office in the evening.