500-year-old Krishna Deity Seized

December 18, 2006 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

Dec 17, DELHI, INDIA (HPI) — A nearly 500-year-old Deity of Lord Krishna worth nearly Rs two-and-a-half crore in the international market was today recovered from two persons in Jama Masjid, claim police. The Deity weighs around 1,250 gm and is about 10 inches in height. It is said to date back to the Mughal era. Its cost in the international market is over Rs.20 million, said a police official.

Police said they were tipped-off that the accused — Jawad Hassan (46) and Prahlad Sahay — who are from Jaipur, were in Delhi to dispose the antique idol made of ashtdhatu, and arrested the duo. Cases under the Antiques and Art Treasures Act have been registered against the two, of whom Prahlad is a history-sheeter in Jaipur, said police.

During interrogation, Hassan told police that that he is a lecturer at Tibia College in Jaipur since 15 years, and met Sahay a few years back. Police claim that both are aware that the antique Deity is made of ashtdhatu and that it could be sold at very high price. Officials in the Archealogical Survey of India (ASI), who have been informed about the seizure, say the eyes of the Lord’s Deity form are made of ivory, which makes it very expensive. However, A K Sinha, Superintendent Archaeologist (Delhi Circle) told Newsline that they are not aware about any such seizure.

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