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UK police return Buddha statue to India 57 years after theft

/ 08:35 PM August 15, 2018

The ancient Buddha statue displayed at the High Commission of India in London on Aug. 15, 2018, during a ceremony to hand it back to India, 57 years after it was stolen from an Indian museum and found its way to UK’s art dealer market. AP

LONDON — 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.

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

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.

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

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