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QUESTION NO.4010 STOLEN STATUE

March 18, 2020

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.4010
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18.03.2020

STOLEN STATUE

4010. SHRI S. JAGATHRAKSHAKAN:
SHRI A. GANESHAMURTHI:
DR. T.R. PAARIVENDHAR:
SHRI A.K.P. CHINRAJ:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Indian High Commission in London has received a report from Tamil Nadu Police that 15th century bronze statue of Tamil poet ‘Tirumankai Aalvar’ which was reportedly stolen from a temple in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu and was replaced with a fake one and that the stolen idol is the same one that is with Ashmolean Museum in Oxford;

(b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c) the action taken by the Indian High Commission, London on this report?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) & (b) Yes. High Commission of India, London has received the report about the stolen idol of Tamil poet ‘Tirumankai Aalvar’ from Tamil Nadu Police.

(c) The Indian High Commission has taken up the matter with Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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