Auspicious statue of Lord Hanuman, stolen from India and retrieved by US Homeland Security Investigations, was handed over to High Commissioner of India,Manpreet Vohra by US CDA Michael Goldman in Canberra. The cooperation extended by US is highly valued by India.

Posted on: February 22, 2022 | Back | Print

US Embassy after the Handing Over ceremony issued a press release titled, "STOLEN STATUE RETURNED". 

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman returned a 500-year old stolen Indian statue to Indian High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Indian law enforcement agents worked together to recover the statue, which had been looted from a temple in Southern India, sold to Christie’s Auction House in New York, and acquired by a buyer in Australia. Christie’s Auction House and the buyer in Australia were originally unaware of the statue’s stolen origins, but after being alerted by law enforcement agents, cooperated fully with the U.S.-India law enforcement investigation to recover the stolen artifact.

The Chargé d’Affaires expressed his appreciation to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Indian law enforcement agents for their recovery of the looted statue and cooperation to fight illegal trade in cultural artifacts.

The statue represents Hanuman, a beloved deity renowned for his courage, power, and faithful, selfless service. After being returned to the Indian High Commission, the statue of Hanuman will be repatriated to India.