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Special Task Force claimed to have busted an international racked involved in rare idol smuggling

Bhubaneswar:14/2/19: A team of Special Task Force (STF) of the Crime Branch of Odisha police today claimed to have busted an international racked involved in rare idol smuggling with arrest of an accused.

Acting on specific information, the team raided the house of one Sayed Zilnoor alias Kata alias Raja of Jadupur under Khandagiri police limits in Odisha capital last night. The cops seized two idols made of asta dhatu weighing 18.440 kg and 12.60 kg from the possession of Zilnoor. When asked to furnish documents, the accused failed to produce any.

“It came to the light that the above named person and his associates with criminal conspiracy used to procure such valuable idols from various temples for seling for pecuniary gain. The cost of the seized idols would be around Rs 2.5 crore in international market,” an official of the STF said.

The accused was arrested and forwarded to court today.

The accused and his associates seem to have involvement having inter-state/international ramification, the official added.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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