Friday, August 16, 2019

French woman arrested at Chennai airport over stolen antiques, idols and artefacts worth crores recovered

Tamil Nadu police’s Idol Wing busted a gang that had been illegally exporting stolen antiques, idols and artefacts worth crores for several years from Puducherry to France through the Colombo port. The police arrested Marie Therese Anandi Vanina for storing stolen antiques in her house. The Indian origin French lady was apprehended on her arrival at the Chennai airport on Wednesday.

The case pertains to 11 panchaloha bronze idols worth several crores discovered in a house in Colas Nagar, Puducherry.

As per reports, Marie along with her husband, Prabakaran procured the antiques from small-time thieves, who stole them from ancient temples in Tamil Nadu, special officer and former Inspector General of Police AG Ponn Manickavel said on Tuesday.
The Idol Wing conducted raids in her house based on Pushparajan’s confession. Pushparajan was a close aide of Deenadayalan, an illegal antique dealer in October 2016.

The wife and husband duo was cited as the key accused in the stocking of antique idols. The police until now could neither arrest them nor proceed further in the case since the couple lived in France and chose not to return to India.

The woman and her husband left the key with their manager to show the idols to prospective buyers locally, confirmed Inspector General of Police Ponn Manickavel.
16/08/19 OpIndia
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