Published On: Wed, Aug 15th, 2018

UK police return Buddha statue to India 57 years after theft

Indian High Commissioner Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, left, stands with Detective Chief Inspector Sheila Stewart with the ancient Buddha statue displayed at the High Commission of India in London Wednesday, August 15, 2018, during the Independence Day ceremony to hand it back to India, 57-years after it was stolen from Nalanda museum.

London: United Kingdom (UK) Police in London have returned a 12th century statue of Buddha to India after recovering it 57 years after it was stolen.

Police handed over the bronze statue with silver inlay during a ceremony Wednesday in London marking India’s Independence Day.

The Buddha was one of 14 statues stolen from a museum in Nalanda, Bihar, in 1961.

The ancient Buddha statue displayed at the High Commission of India in London Wednesday, August 15, 2018, during the Independence Day ceremony to hand it back to India, 57-years after it was stolen from Nalanda museum.

Police were called after representatives from the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art and the India Pride Project noticed the statue at a trade fair. The dealer and the owner cooperated fully and, upon learning the item had been stolen, agreed to return it.

Detective Constable Sophie Hayes says the case is “a true example of cooperation between law enforcement, the trade and scholars.”

AP

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