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Idol smugglers arrested in India

Four members of an artifact smuggling gang have been arrested in India.

The arrests took place in Kushinagar in Kaushambhi district, about 300 km from Lucknow.

“Acting on a tip-off, we arrested them in Kokhraj locality with 13 ancient ashtadhatu (eight-metal) idols of Lord Rama, Buddha and Krishna,” district police chief R.K. Bharadwaj told IANS.

According to the police, the four used to operate in Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring places including Delhi and Bihar.

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