Thanjavur, Sept 29 (PTI): The IG of the idol theft prevention wing, Pon Manickavel,Saturday held discussions with officials of the Sri Brihadeeswarartemple here on sculptures and idols in its inventory to facilitate renovation. Also Read - Desperate For Alcohol Amid Lockdown, 3 Men in Tamil Nadu Die After Drinking Paint Varnish

The visit of the IG and his team to the temple, also known as Big Temple, comes in the backdrop of a series of reported theft of idols and sculptures from various temples across the state under the pretext of renovatingthem. Also Read - Fire Breaks Out in Chennai as People Burn Crackers in Response to PM's Call, No Deaths or Injuries Reported

There were also reports of disposal ofdebris of temples, which included somesculptures, during renovation. Also Read - Doctor Feeds Food to Coronavirus Patient in Absence of Family, Photo Goes Viral

On September 27, the idol wing CID of Tamil Nadu police recovered antique items, including idols and temple pillars from a house in Chennai.

It recently recovered a number of stolen idols, even as the Tamil Nadu government recommended a CBI probe into the matter, citing the need to carry out inter-state and an international probe into the matter.

But CBI had expressed its inability to take up the probe, citing shortage of manpower and informed the Madras High Court in this regard. It assured all assistance to the state police in extradition of the accused or coordination with the Interpol, among others.

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