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CID ordered to probe Sandagala monument theft

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Thieves backed by powerful local politicos

Inspector General C. D. Wickremeratne has handed over the investigation into the stealing of the monument well-known as Sandagala, weighing more than 1,000 kilos from the Kundasale Udamaluwa Archaeological Reserve to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). 

 Police information revealed that the group that stole the monument well-known as Sandagala, weighing more than 1,000 kilos from the Kundasale Udamaluwa Archaeological Reserve, has been identified, but some police officers are hesitant to arrest them and bring them before the law.

Police information also stated that the people involved in this theft are in cahoot with some powerful politicians in the Central Province.

During investigations carried out up to now, it has been revealed that this theft took place on December 14 night under the protection of a group of people who arrived at the venue in a Defender jeep. The Sandagala monument had been loaded into a boom truck and even the owner of the Defender vehicle which went with the truck has been identified as of now, sources said. It is said that the Defender is registered under the name of a woman. Police internal information said that, this Defender still remains in Kandy.

The site of this archaeological monument, which was stolen during the night, is said to be the site of the palace of Sri Weera Parakrama Narendrasingha, the last Sinhalese king who ruled the Kundasale Kingdom of Kandy for 32 years from 1707 to 1739 AD.

This monument, named Sanadagala which was at the Kundasale Udamaluwa Archaeological Reserve had been about four feet in length and three feet in height.

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 – 01:00











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