India has welcomed the repatriation of its stolen artefacts from the United States (US). After 15 years of Investigation finally, the US returned 307 antiquities of India, which were worth USD 4 Million in the international market. Multiple small trafficking networks in India stole the antiques.
Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan District attorney, reported that the antiquities gems that were returned are valuable to India and worth 4 million USD.
Subhash Kapoor, a disgraced art dealer, was apprehended with these antiques. Kapoor is well-known for his antique trafficking activities in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and other countries.
The artefacts were handed over to India in a ceremony held in New York at the Indian Consulate. The attendants were India’s consul General Randhir Jaiswal and Tom Christopher Lau the Deputy Special Agent-in-Charge of HSI (Homeland Security Investigation) US.
According to Alvin Bragg, “five of the antiquities were seized from Nancy Weiner (a Manhattan gallery operator) and one by Nayef Homsi(Contemporary artist) after an investigation.
Bragg stated that the antiquities were stolen from multiple complex and Sophisticated trafficking rings, and the leaders had no any Cultural or historical Significance regarding these objects.
The Law enforcement partners at HSI and the world-class investigators contributed a lot to the finding of these antiquities.
US finds itself many times, including in such behaviors of returning the antiques. There have been many instances earlier when India had to ask the US to return all those antiques to maintain their cultural relationship and strengthen their efforts to combat cultural object theft, illicit trade, and trafficking.
India has received 22 stolen artefacts from Australia this year. Over 200 artefacts worth $100 million were stolen from various religious sites in India and smuggled out of the country to the United States in 2016. More than 50,000 antiques, including idols and icons have been recovered as per UNESCO.