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Mystery of Disappearance of Temple valuables Revealed as Gang of Robbers Arrested
[Updated :: 2011-08-31 11:45:18 Hours]

Six culprits of an organized gang who had secretly been carrying out large scale thefts in various parts of Jaffna were caught red-handed this week by the Army personnel serving in Chunnakam area with assistance of civilians and handed over to the Police. They fell into the hands of Security Forces while trying to remove valuables from the Inuvil Kanthaswamy Hindu temple on the night of 29th August.

Further interrogation conducted by the Police could arrest altogether six members of the gang namely Yogathasan Muralithas, Yogathasan Soundrathas, Yogathasan Katpuharasa and Yogathasan Mayuran of Chullipuram west, and Gajendrakumar Nageshwaram and Gajendrakumar Piyeskaran of Mulankavil, all at ages between 17 and 24.

Inquiries revealed that they were involved in a series of thefts including removal of valuables such as gold and brass items from Hindu temples. Among them are Siththankerny Sivam temple, Mullai Vairavar and Muththukumar Maheswari temples in Waddukkoddai, Ponnali Siththivinayagar Temple and Chankanai Kudaththu Manomani temple.

Chunnakam Police which could trace a stock of stolen item, some them were broken into pieces and melted, maintains that another large amount had been sold to buyers in Jaffna or elsewhere. Police arrested one Muslim merchant, Mohammad Thahaniya of Puttalam, who admitted to have bought some stolen goods from the arrested thieves.

Some sections of the media in Jaffna unsuccessfully tried to blame the Army for these incidents and have now stated that it is a shame on Tamils to get involved in such heinous acts.

Arrested suspects were to be produced before the court and further investigations are continuing by the police.

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