Rambukkana Treasure Heist : Cash reward for info leading to recovery of artifacts

Rambukkana Treasure Heist : Cash reward for info leading to recovery of artifacts

Rambukkana Treasure Heist : Cash reward for info leading to recovery of artifacts

Written by Zulfick Farzan

18 Feb, 2022 | 5:15 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police is to award a cash prize of Rs. 2.5 million for reliable information on the theft of golden artifacts, including caskets, that were placed at the Kotawehera Rajamaha Viharaya in Rambukkana.

Police Headquarters in a statement said confidentiality will be assured for the information provided.

The Criminal Investigations Department has set up dedicated telephone numbers for the general public to provide information.

ASP Angelo Fernando : 0718 591 772
CID Operations Center : 011 2 422 176

Several artifacts that were stolen from a temple in Rambukkana on Saturday (12) are yet to be recovered.

This has prompted calls for more protection to be given to Sri Lanka’s artifacts.

Five ancient gold caskets and three crystal caskets that were placed at the Kotavehera Raja Maha Viharaya in Rambukkana were looted on Saturday (12).

The Archaeology Department’s Director-General Senior Prof. Anura Manathunga earlier said the stolen caskets are of high national and religious significance.

The stolen caskets were first found during excavations carried out in 1956 and 2000.

The department of archaeology earlier said carbon dating tests carried out on the casket discovered in 1956 have revealed that it dates back to 250 BC.

Historical records reveal that Prince Keerthi Tissa had built the Kotawehera Rajamaha Viharaya during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa.

The oldest evidence of silk in South Asia was also discovered from this site.

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