Armed gang robs priceless statue from museum


A.A.Premasiri Tissamaharama Correspondent

An armed gang who stormed the museum in Yatala, Tissamaharamaya on Saturday night had removed a priceless head of a Buddha image after blind folding the watcher and tying his hands and legs.

The robbers had entered the museum after breaking the wooden balustrades.

Archaeological experts said that the statue was discovered during the excavations done in the premises of the Yatala temple built by King Mahanama who is believed to be the first king of the Ruhuna dynasty. The artifacts found there belonged to the 5th or 6th centuries and the particular statue is made of Moonstone.

The statue was earlier taken overseas for an archeological exhibition about 2-3 decades ago. The watcher who had suffered injuries after being assaulted by the robbers has been admitted to Tissamaharama Base Hospital

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