Unauthorised dealing in antiques is banned under the Antiquity and Art Treasure Act (AATA). Under the Act, no object more than 100 years old can be taken out of the country without permission.
Siliguri (West Bengal), Feb 2 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Five priceless antique idols, including two Lord Buddha pieces were recovered by the police ahead of their smuggling to Nepal.
Police on a tip off raided a house at Buraganj under Khoribari police station of Darjeeling district and seized those idols- three of Hindu god and goddesses and two of Lord Buddha.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B001AZV68E” display=”inlinepost”]However, there had been no arrest in the raid.
Smugglers are suspected to use the route from north Bengal to smuggle antique idols to Nepal through Siliguri border.