Andhra Pradesh police on Wednesday announced that they have cracked down the sensational case of Nandi idol robbery in Chittoor. Addressing the media, S.Senthil Kumar, SP, Chittoor stated that they have arrested a gang of eight inter-state treasure hunters for desecrating a ‘Nandi’ idol outside an Abhaya Anjaneya temple near Abhayamangalam.
This revelation came hours after DGP Gautham Sawang issue a statement over the attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh. Police arrested Kuruva Somasekhar, 24; M.S. Manikanta, 30; J.L. Naveen, 35; R. Saravanan, 30; S. Kiran Kumar, 39; M. Vikas, 34; Ashok Kumar, 57 and P. Peddabba, 35.
It can be recalled that shifted the Nandi idol behind the temple and broke it apart supposedly looking for hidden treasures such as gold and pearls below the idol. While three teams were set in motion to nab the culprits, police reportedly received a tip-off that some treasure hunters were hiding at Kanipakam mandalam on Wednesday.
Upon which the police arrested all the eight gang members out of which six criminals hail from Karnataka and two from Andhra Pradesh. The police seized two vehicles from the arrested. Shockingly, they even made a list of temples and readied plans to execute similar treasure hunts in those ancient temples after this crime.
The police also seized two vehicles and the implements the accused used in their operation at GD Nellore Mandal.