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Idol theft: Ex-exec of Trichy temple arrested

TRICHY: The idol wing CID police on Tuesday arrested a former government officer of Sri Tharuganeswarar temple in Thirupparaithurai in Trichy in connection with the theft of 3 idols in the temple a number of years in the past.
The Idol wing CID police arrested K Anandkumar Rao, 44 on charges of stealing the idols of deities Chandikeshwarar, Angalamman and Bhoga Sakthiamman when he was once the chief officer of the temple. He was once the mind in the back of the idol theft, said the Idol wing.

Rao were absconding for the past seven months after the Madurai bench of Madras prime courtroom denied him anticipatory bail.

His accomplices Thirumalaikatti Ramanathan was once arrested few months in the past while accountant S Kannan, 57 of Thirupparaithurai arrested on January 30 this year.

The trio indulged in lifting the three vintage idols, and Kannan changed the idol of Angalamman with a modern reproduction on the instigation of 2 others. They melted one of the vital vintage utensils of the temple to make a replica.

The crime got here to light in 2017 when the temple trustees made up our minds to put the idols on display for the temple competition.

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