Seven people were arrested on Saturday in connection with the recent theft of a one-tonne ‘Nandi’ idol from an ancient Shiva Shrine in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, police said.The accused had stolen the idol from the famous Bala Tripura Sundari Sametha Agastheswara Swamy Ramachandrapuram Mandal temple on January 23.
Police later recovered the idol in a broken state, around 50km away from the temple site. “The accused had heard from some priests about the presence of diamonds in the idol,which is why they stole it” police reported.
The police have registered an FIR against the accused and filed a case under section 380 of the Indian penal code. Police further said it has launched an investigation and are on the lookout for five more absconding who are allegedly involved in the case.