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Rs 500,000 prize for anyone informing whereabouts of Lalitpur’s Lichhavi-era idol

A Lichhavi-era statue (right) has been stolen from a temple, in Sunakothi, Lalitpur, on Sunday, January 23, 2022.
A Lichhavi-era statue (right) has been stolen from a temple, in Sunakothi, Lalitpur, on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Kathmandu, January 30

A cash prize of Rs 500,000 has been announced for the people who inform the whereabouts of a Lichhavi-era idol that has been recently stolen from the Balkumari temple in Sunakothi of Lalitpur.

The Balkumari Bhawani Guthi announced the prize on Sunday.

The organisation has assured that the people helping it find the statue will be kept confidential. They can inform the whereabouts of the idol by calling the mobile number 9881217786.

The statue dating back to the Lichhavi period (c 450–750 CE) is missing since January 23.

Officials had presumed the Lichhavi-era idol might have been stolen between 3 and 4 am that day. According to them, the statue had been lifted by cutting nine padlocks and breaking four gates.

Meanwhile, Lalitpur police chief SSP Yagya Binod Pokharel says police efforts for finding the idol are still underway. Police have formed a five-member team led by DSP Deepak Bharato to look into it.

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