Paintings of noted artist Raja Ravi Varma, which were stolen from a temple last year have reportedly been put on sale for Rs 3 crore on the internet.
According to police, international smugglers had eyed on Varma's paintings of Maa Saraswati, Hans Damayanti and Arjun Subhadra among others at the Ram temple for a long time.
They had even tried to lure priests and the management of the temple by offering Rs 11 lakh to them, but their plan that did not work, police said.
Smugglers managed to steal the precious paintings last year during a yagna conducted here.
Two persons were arrested in connection with the theft, however, the paintings could not be recovered from them.
The matter has been handed over to the crime and cyber branches of the Indore police after it was known that the paintings were put for auction on the Internet for Rs 3 crore.
Raja Ravi Varma was an Indian painter from the princely state of Travancore and was famous for depiction of scenes from the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana.