MARDAN, Saturday, July 18, 2020 (WNP/DL): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police Saturday arrested four men for shattering an ancient Buddha statue, found during the construction work in Takhtbhai area of Mardan.
Earlier this day, videos surfaced on social media showing a man breaking with a hammer a life-sized statue of Buddha, parts of which were still embedded underground. Other men can be seen looking on as the statue is being destroyed while a couple of people were making videos.
Archaeology and Museums Director Doctor Abdul Samad termed the destruction of the statue a “crime” and said “disrespecting any religion is intolerable”.
Police later tweeted that the suspects had been traced and arrested while pieces of the broken statue were also recovered.
According to the police, those arrested include Qamar Zaman, Amjad, Aleem and Suleman.
مردان پولیس نے واقعہ کی ایریا اور ملزمان کو ٹریس کرلیا ہے۔ پولیس نے واقعہ میں ملوث ملزمان کو ٹریس اور مجسمے کے ٹکڑے بھی برآمد کرلئے ہیں۔
گرفتار ملزمان میں ٹھیکدار قمر زمان سکنہ گلی باغ، امجدسکنہ پاتے کلے، علیم سکنہ سازودین کلے اور سلیمان سکنہ شیخ ملتون شامل ہیں۔
@DrZahid_Jan https://t.co/qJTb9teh3q pic.twitter.com/M0jNcA8BB9
— KP Police (@KP_Police1) July 18, 2020
A first information report (FIR) has been registered against them under the Antiquities Act 2016, according to officials.
Dr Samad expressed appreciation on the police’s “prompt action” in arresting the suspects.