28 Bud­dha stat­ues miss­ing in My­inmu

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TWENTY-eight Bud­dha stat­ues are be­lieved to have been stolen from a monastery in Sa­gaing Re­gion, a re­gional leg­is­la­tor said on Sun­day.

Daw Ni­lar Lwin, a re­gional MP, said the miss­ing stat­ues were in the con­gre­ga­tion hall of Zhwe Zaydi monastery in Pa Dat Daing vil­lage, My­inmu town­ship, dis­ap­peared on Jan­uary 8.

The 28 al­abaster stat­ues, which were about two feet high, were es­ti­mated to be worth K4.65 mil­lion (about US$3000), ac­cord­ing to one devo­tee.

Taw Chaung Oo po­lice sta­tion is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft un­der sec­tions 380 and 295 of the pe­nal code.

“The po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Many Bud­dha im­ages were stolen, but I haven’t heard that a cul­prit has been caught,” said Daw Ni­lar Lwin.

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