The sword that was part of a 20ft high marble statue of Cooch Behar king Nripendranarayan has been repaired and reinstated three days after it was found in pieces. A lawyer had found the broken sword (top) on December 28. The statue is located in front of the district and sessions court building on the bank of the Sagardighi river in Cooch Behar. Artisans started the repair on Sunday morning and the sword was reinstated at night (above).
Nripendranarayan, one of the kings of Cooch Behar, was the husband of Suniti Devi, the daughter of Keshab Chandra Sen, a prominent social reformer based in Calcutta. He was the father of Jitendranarayan, whose daughter was Gayatri Devi. In 1920, J. Whitehead, a prominent sculptor, had made the statue with Italian marble in London. Jitendranarayan had brought and installed it in Cooch Behar. Report and pictures by Main Uddin Chisti