Complaint over idol worth Rs 2 crores stolen in Chengannur proved fake
Chengannur: Police have stated that the complaint regarding a ‘panchaloha’ idol being stolen from a manufacturing unit on MC Road was fake.
The missing idol was found from a stream near the manufacturing unit. Police stated that the owners of the manufacturing unit wanted to trap a former employee, who attacked the institution in the past, in a theft case.
The owners of Panickers Granites in Karakkad had filed a complaint that an idol worth Rs 2 crores was stolen from their manufacturing unit. Owners Mahesh Panicker and Prakash Panicker alleged that their former employee Soni was behind the act and that the idol was made for an Ayyappa temple in Kent in London, UK.
Although police confirmed that an attack had taken place, the officials found the claim of the owners to be suspicious from the beginning.
Officers including forensic experts visited the place and started the investigation after the owners firmly stated that the idol worth Rs 2 crore was stolen. Even the dog squad reached the spot for evidence collection. However, the reality of the situation came to light after police conducted a detailed interrogation of the owners.
The owners stated that they filed the fake complaint to trap the former employee, who had attacked them. Police retrieved the idol after the interrogation. Police also stated that the claim of the owners that the idol was worth Rs 2 crores was also false. Only 14 grams of gold was used to manufacture the idol.
Meanwhile, the case filed against attacking the manufacturing unit and injuring the staff remains.