The UK's Metropolitan Police as part of India's Independence Day ceremony in London a 12th century Buddha statue stolen from a museum at Nalanda in Bihar nearly 60 years ago was returned to India. From the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in 1961 site museum in Nalanda, the bronze statue with silver inlay is one of the 14 statues stolen. At India House in London, Scotland Yard returned the stolen statue to the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, YK Sinha. Once the dealer and the owner were made aware the sculpture was the same one that had been stolen from India, Scotland Yard cooperated with the police's Art and Antiques Unit and agreed for the piece to be returned to India. The statue was identified by Lynda Albertson of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) and Vijay Kumar from the India Pride Project at a trade fair in March this year. This is an excellent example of the results that can come with close cooperation between law enforcement, trade, and scholars. The current owner or the dealer who had been offering the stolen statue for sale has established that there was no criminality. They have fully cooperated with the police to resolve this matter and they have made the decision to return the sculpture. They felt delighted to be able to facilitate the return of this important piece of cultural heritage to India. It is one of the oldest specialist units in the Metropolitan Police Service.