Source: The Hindu
CHENNAI, INDIA, December 28, 2001: The State "Idol Wing" CID has seized 30 temple icons, including 11 of antique value in the last four months. Nine persons have been arrested in this connection. The antique icons were those of Arthanareeswarar, Madurai Veeran, Hanuman, Kaliamman, Subramaniar, Bairavar, Vinayaka and Nandhi. The seizures were made at Pudukottai, Kumbakonam and Tiruchi. Fifteen antique wood carvings which were stolen from the Ramasamy temple chariot at Pulla Poothagudi near Kabisthalam were also seized.