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Two cops arrested for stealing idols from NTR Museum

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad

Two constables of Andhra Pradesh Special Police, posted on security duty at the NTR Museum, were arrested by the Hyderabad police on a charge of stealing six sandalwood idols from the museum.

The police said the duo -- B Anjaneyulu and Govind Singh -- were among the platoon of the APSP tenth battalion deployed at the museum to look after its security following a direction from the Andhra Pradesh high court.

The museum, located at Road No 13 at Banjara Hills in the city, remains closed due to a case pending in the high court.

The duo were on duty on October 16 when they stole the six sandalwood idols from the museum after gaining entry through a window.

On a tip-off, the police intercepted a police van, in which the erring cops were carrying the stolen idols, at Pebbair in neighbouring Mehbubnagar district.

They had packed the idols in gunny bags and hid them under the seats and were proceeding to their houses located at Beechupalli village, when they were caught.

Subsequently, the police registered a case against them at Banjara Hills police station.

They were produced before the metropolitan magistrate on Friday and remanded to judicial custody. The six idols were recovered from their possession.

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