Two held with precious idol

Lucknow: Two persons were arrested after a mixed metal idol of Lord Mahavir worth about Rs 2.5 crores was recovered from their possession, police said today.

Santram and Munnaram, both residents of Sitapur, were arrested yesterday on a tip off. During interrogation, the duo said that one Babadur, a native of Nepal, is kingpin of their gang which used to steal such idols from the state and sell them at high rates.

The `ashtadhatu` idol is worth about Rs 2.5 crore and the two were in the state capital to find buyers for it, they said. Ashtadhatu is an alloy of eight metals – gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, zinc, iron and antimony.