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Recovered items: Supt Gunarajan (left) and his officers showing some of the statues and prayer items recovered in Malacca.
MALACCA: Police recovered about RM20,000 worth of religious statues and prayer items with the arrest of a 23-year-old drug addict and a 51-year-old man.
The drug addict, believed to be the thief, was picked up from his home in Tanjung Kling last Wednesday morning.
Eight statues, believed to have been stolen from an Indian temple, and a crowbar were recovered from the house.
Following the arrest, police raided the home of the older man, believed to be the buyer, at Kampung Paya Rumput on the same day.
They seized another two statues, believed to be from a Buddhist temple, 30 silver prayer implements and 36 copper prayer items from the man’s house.
State deputy CID chief Supt P.R. Gunarajan said the addict tested positive for methamphetamine.
Meanwhile, a 42-year-old engineer is in a coma after he doused himself with petrol and set himself on fire following a fight with his wife on Tuesday evening.
He suffered 40% burns on his body and is warded at the intensive care unit of the Malacca Hospital.
Police investigations showed that the couple was having an argument in their home in Taman Sutera, Batu Berendam, at about 4pm.
The husband then slapped his 41-year-old wife before storming out of the house.
When he returned home at about 6pm, he had a bottle of petrol and started dousing himself in front of his wife and then set himself on fire.
The wife quickly fetched some water and put out the flames before calling for an ambulance. The couple has been married for about 20 years and has three children.
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