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 Va’l’li 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.

 

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