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3,000-year-old statues recovered, two smugglers nabbed

3,000-year-old statues recovered, two smugglers nabbed

RAWALPINDI: Two men have been arrested while smuggling more than 50 ancient statues on Fateh Jang Road.

According to police, the arrested smugglers have been identified as Munir Khan and Rasheed Gull. SHO PS Naseerabad Chaudhry Jamil said that police officials were on routine duty at checkpoint on the said road when they signalled a suspected car (RNL-1086) to stop. During the course of search, police found more than 50 ancient statues hidden in the car, he said, adding that the police arrested two persons while the other two culprits managed to escape.

The arrested smugglers revealed during interrogation that they dug out the statues from a plot and were smuggling them to Islamabad, the SHO said. He said that the archaeologist, called by police from Taxila Museum, examined the sculptures and told that they might be 3,000 years old worth of which also be in million of rupees. A case has been registered against the accused while further investigation was under way, Chaudhry Jamil said.