A valuable antique piece of King Raja Raja Chola and his wife Logamadevi which was missing from Thanjavur has been traced by the team led by ‘Supercop’ (IG) of Police CID (Idol Wing) A G Pon Manickavel. The idols are reported to be more than 1,000 years old and valued at 100 crores at their current international market value. Manickavel, who took over as the IG – Idol Wing (CID) cracked the case within 60 days of taking over as the IG – Idol Wing (CID).
The sensational theft of the idols traces back to March 3rd-2018, when a complaint was lodged at the Thanjavur West Police station over the loss of the invaluable idols estimated at 100 crores. The statues are said to be made of Gold and other metals.
Missing since 2016
Earlier A G Pon Manickavel was vested with holding the “full additional charge” as Inspector General, Idol Wing, CID, Chennai from a notification signed by the Additional Chief Secretary Niranjan Mardi. The decision came after the Madras High Court rapped up the HR & CE (Hindu Religious and Endowments Department) for its ‘laxity’ in safeguarding the valuable and antique idols.
A 1989 batch Group-I officer of the Tamil Nadu Police, he was also instrumental in getting the invaluable idols of Lord Nataraja and Ardhanariswara from Australia. The stolen idols were handed over by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot to Narendra Modi-ji on September 5th-2014 in Delhi. Known as a ‘No non-sense officer’ he is known for this fast paced investigation. In his earlier stint as DIG Railways he had asked the cops on duty to report any complaint within ‘120 seconds’ of its occurrence.
Supercop (IG) Police Manickavel
A G Manickavel has an impressive track record in investigating the thefts and cracking the cases related to idols worth crores of rupees during his stint with the Idol Wing of Tamil Nadu Police.