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  • Three arrested on charges of selling idols

    Kathmandu, May 6 (RSS): The police on Sunday made public three persons accused of smuggling invaluable metal idols of various god and goddess amid a programme in the Capital.
    Dipak Ratna Shakya, Sugat Ratna Shakya and Shishir Shakya, who were arrested on Friday, have been charged with selling metal idols of various god and goddess illegally. Dipak Ratna owns Durbarmarga-based Curio Art dealing in idols, while Sugar Ratna is the owner of Durbarmarga-based Curio Concern. Shishir runs Dewaj Art. They were also found to be running their antique shops without registration.
    A team from the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police, acting on a tip off, seized an idol of Lord Buddha, and other 24 idols, 18 metal sheets of idols, and 101 coins from the arrestees.
    The idols dating back to 12th and 13th centuries are worth millions of rupees, said Deputy Inspector General of Police Puskar Karki, adding that further investigation is underway into the incident.
    Likewise, the Metropolitan Police Sector, Nagdhunga arrested a person with an idol of Lord Buddha. Sanjaya Baniya was arrested during a security check while smuggling the idol weighing four kilograms on a scooter, said the police.

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