A 12×7 cm black stone sculpture of Goddess Durga sitting on a lion throne was recovered during an excavation in the Khag area of Budgam in Central Kashmir in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam, said Javaid Ahmad, an official of the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums.
The sculpture was handed over to the Department of Archaeology, Kashmir by Budgam Police for restoration on November 30, 2021, he added.
“During examination by experts, it was revealed that the sculpture of goddess Durga dates back roughly to 7th-8th AD (about 1300 years old),” Ahmad said.
“The sculpture is having the influence of Gandhara School of Art and the right hand is holding a lotus,” he added.
The 8th-century sculpture will be set up in SPS Museum, Srinagar.
Overnight Shopian operation called off after militants escape
The overnight military operation in Nowgam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district was called off on Thursday morning as militants, believed to be two in number, managed to escape, reports said.
Two army soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire in the encounter that broke out on Wednesday evening shortly after security forces cordoned off the area following a tip-off about the presence of militants there.
Today, massive searches were launched at the first light in the morning, however, no militant was found the present following which the joint cordon-and-search-operation launched by police and army was called off.
A top police officer said that the militants “possibly escaped in the initial phase of the encounter in which two soldiers were critically injured”.
The officer said that intelligence inputs suggested the presence of two militants including a foreigner in the area.
J&K: Unidentified person killed, SPO critically wounded in train accident
On Wednesday, an unidentified person was killed, and a special police officer (SPO) was critically wounded in a train accident in the Kakapora area of the Pulwama district.
An official told the news agency that an unidentified person was hit by the speedy train who died on Kakapora. An SPO identified as Shabir Ahmed, while trying to save the unknown person, was also hit and critically wounded.
“The injured SPO was critically wounded and is being treated at SMHS hospital,” a doctor said, adding that his condition is very bad.
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