of Disappearance of Temple valuables Revealed as Gang of Robbers
:: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.