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US hands over stolen Laxmi-Narayana statue to Nepali custody

2021 Mar 06, 18:31, Kathmandu
Nepali Ambassador to the United States, Yuba Raj Khatiwada and FBI and US State Department officials participate in a function organised to hand over Laxmi-Narayan statue to Nepali custody, at the Nepali Embassy in Washington DC, on Friday, March 5, 2021. Photo: US Embassy

An idol of Laxmi-Narayan which was stolen from the Patan Durbar Square has been repatriated to Nepal.

The US government has handed over the idol to Nepal. The statue of the Laxmi-Narayan deity was kept at Dallas Museum in Texas State for 31 years.

The idol was handed over to the Embassy of Nepal based in Washington DC with assistance from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of State.

The US government has expressed happiness to have handed over the stolen idol to Nepal through the joint initiatives of the Department of State, Division for the Protection of Art and Cultural Heritage and the media sector, among others.

The Embassy of Nepal has said the idol would be sent to Nepal for installing it at an appropriate place as per the UNESCO's criteria.

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