GUWAHATI, Dec 1: Assam Police director general Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta has rewarded 15 police and rescuers of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) for their outstanding success in recovery of more than 42 items used in worship and metal idols near Uzan Bazar- Umananda ferry ghat on Saturday and Sunday.
Those who received awards are: Inspector Upen Kalita, WSI Suchitra Biswas, SI Mansing Teron, UBC Gautam Das, UBC Dipak Lahkar, HG Chand Md. Ali of Latasil Police Station, SC Nabajyoti Borah, SUB Officer Chandra Kr. Mandal, ER27 Dilip Urang, ER 225 Joy Kishan Tanti, ER 113 Dipankar Borah, ER125 Biswajit Saikia, ER203 Pranjit Talukdar, FM1017 Sukumar Saloi and FM681 Kankan Kalita of SDRF.
The DGP, who visited the site, said that he has called for investigations to find out how and from where the articles made its way to the river.
Two of the items have already been identified as that of a temple. The discovery of the puja items was made accidentally by an employee of a tea stall, near the ferry ghat, when he was bathing in the river on Saturday morning.
The person, identified as Sanu Ali, said while bathing near the river bank, he received injuries on his feet, caused by sharp objects under the water.
On taking a dip, Ali found an idol of Lord Shiva and suspecting it to be a stolen item, he informed the police. Ali informed that a few days ago some persons were seen throwing sacks into the river and they had told the tea stall employee that the bags contained useless things.
The police personnel asked him and two locals to conduct a search operation under water. The three men fished out idols of Kali, Shiva, Krishna, Brahma, Tara Devi, Buddha, Ganesh,Laxmi, Radha-Krishna.
Plaques with Devanagiri scripts, tridents, oil lamps, door latches and conches were also recovered from the river, an Assam Police spokesperson here said. A person identified as Nirendra Kumar Seal of Chandan Nagar of Beltola area in the city claimed that one of the idols was stolen from a temple within his house premises on October 18 last.