Chennai: Police confiscated 9 Swami idols worth crores of rupees, which were stashed for smuggling abroad. 7 of these idols are around 300 years old.
Tamil Nadu Idol Anti-Smuggling Unit Police received information that ancient temple idols were kept in the house of Pamela Emanuel from Pitariar Koil Street, Parimuna, Chennai, to be smuggled to foreign countries.
Subsequently, on the orders of DGP Jayant Murali, a special force was formed on the advice of IG R.Thinakaran and S.B.Ravi. Later, special forces raided Pamela Emanuel’s house.
In this, a total of 9 statues such as Dakshinamurthy, Murugan, Valli, Deivanai, Saneeswaran, Amman, Veerabaku idols and female goddess with pedestal were recovered.
During further investigation, it was revealed that Pamela Emanuelu’s husband, Manuel R. Piniro, was engaged in the business of smuggling Swami idols abroad, and since he died recently, he could not smuggle these idols abroad and kept them at home.
Archeology expert Dharan examined the idols seized by the police. It was revealed that 7 of the 9 recovered stone idols are more than 300 years old and worth several crores in the international market.
The Anti-Idol Anti-Smuggling Unit Police is continuing to investigate which temples these idols were stolen from and who stole them.
Also, Pamela Emanuelu is being questioned if there is anyone else behind the idol kidnapping. DGP Shailendra Babu gave a reward to the special police of Anti-Idol Smuggling Unit who recovered these 9 idols.