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Police recovers 1200 yrs old statue in Budgam

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Srinagar: Acting on specific information, police in Budgam have recovered an ancient statue from Khan Sahab area, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

He said a team of officers from Department of Archives, Archaeology & Museums, were called for examination of the recovered sculpture at District Police Office Budgam.

During examination it was revealed that the recovered sculpture of Goddess Durga dates back roughly to 7th-8th AD (about 1200 years old). The sculpture is 12″x08″ carved in a black stone with Goddess Durga seated on lion throne along with four attendants.

The statue was handed over formally to Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh, Deputy Director Department of Archives, Archaeology &Museums and his team by SSP Budgam Tahir Saleem Khan after fulfilling all legal formalities, police spokesman said.

He said the sculpture was actually retrieved on August 13 from River Jehlum at Pandthrethan area of Srinagar by the labourers while extracting sand.

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