HYDERABAD: Police cracked the mystery behind the sudden appearance of a Hanuman idol in a garbage heap at Jiyaguda and arrested four people, who allegedly placed it there, on Tuesday. On April 21, GHMC workers who were clearing the garbage from an open land opposite a dargah at Imampura T Junction of Jiyaguda found the idol in a heap. Claiming that the idol surfaced from earth, local people with the assistance of Sangh Parivar activists wanted to build a temple at the same spot. With assistance from archaeology experts, police found that the idol was only 40 to 60 years old and was not buried in the earth as claimed by locals.
Subsequently, the police shifted the idol to the nearby Keshavaswamy temple. Meanwhile, the civic authorities laid a road there (referred to as the BT road) with assistance from the police. This was reportedly done to avoid any such incidents in the future.
Later, the police arrested about 94 Sangh Parivar activists who staged a protest in front of three police stations alleging that police behaved in an unjustified manner over the idol issue.
During investigation, police came to know that D Suresh Singh alias Laddu Pahelwan, 28, S Ramu, 35, D Deepu Singh, 34 and B Shiva, 20, of Jiyaguda purchased the idol for Rs 3,000 from Venkateswara Shilpa Shala near Shilparamam in Madhapur.
The accused then wrapped it with the grass and then kept the idol near the Musi river for three days to make it look like an antique idol. Then they dug a pit at the garbage dump point and buried the idol.
According to an official release from the commissioner of police, the main intention of the accused was to construct a temple at the garbage dump point.
29 Apr 2009, TNN