IN A major breakthrough made by the Palasia police on Friday, four thieves were arrested and stolen items seized from their possession.
Jain community members, elated over the return of a statue, announced a reward of Rs 11,000 for the police team.
SP Anshuman Yadav, addressing a press conference at the police control room here on Saturday, said a priceless idol has been recovered while two more would be found soon.
Similarly, jewellery worth approximately Rs 1 lakh and Rs 25,000 have been recovered along with some other stolen articles. Yadav said the accused sold the idol for a paltry sum of Rs 400.
A police team, on the instructions of SP Anshuman Yadav and under supervision of ASP Manoj Shrivastav, CSP Irmin Shah and Palasia TI Deepak Shukla, kept a close watch at the Jain temples.
Meanwhile, constables Devendra and Manish received information that a drug addict Pankaj Joshi of 93/3, Sanvid Nagar was trying to sell a Jain idol.
During interrogation, Joshi accepted of having stolen an idol from Digamber Jain temple, Sanvid Nagar, Kanadia Road, on January 27.
The accused said he entered the temple complex at 5 am when no one was around and stole the idol kept in the sanctum sanctorum.
He sold the ashthdhatu idol for Rs 400 to one Mahesh Parmar (32) of 130/3, Sanvid Nagar, for purchasing smack, which he obtained from Sanvid Nagar.
Jain samaj members, under the leadership of Humad-Jain Samaj president S M Salgia, felicitated the policemen for recovering the idol.
Two more arrests have been made in this regard. Those in custody are 26-year-old Manmohan Sharma of 32, Sanvid Nagar, and 30-year-old Praveen Yadav of 393, Tilak Nagar.
The duo said they had committed a theft at the house of one Deepak Chugh in Vandana Nagar on the night of January 28.
The duo broke open the lock of the front gate to enter the house. They stole jewellery worth about Rs 1 lakh, Rs 2500 and some other household items, which have been recovered from their accomplices Dharmendra and Sanjay.