Galle Sivan Koayil robbed, 17 artifacts stolen
[TamilNet, Monday, 07 December 2009, 13:39 GMT]
Seventeen bronze statues including those of Lord Shiva, Krish'naa, and Murukan
with his consorts Vaílíli and Theivaanai were robbed from Galle Sivan
Koayil Sunday early morning between 12 and 1:00 a. m by an unidentified
group of persons. The gang had attacked the watcher of the temple and
later tied him to a pillar. Thereafter they forced open the doors of
the Moolasthaanam of the Koayil and took away artifacts which are about 150
years old and valued at around 15 million rupees.
The incident has
triggered tension among the Saiva community in Galle.
On receipt of information Galle police rushed to the
site and removed the watcher who was found unconscious for emergency
treatment to Karapitya Teaching Hospital.
Galle Sivan Koayil is currently under renovation.