Pictures taken on top of Kiralagala Cheithiya: Seven youths arrested

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The seven youths, who had posted photos taken on top of the ruins of a Cheithiya in Kiralagala, Horowpothana on social media, were arrested by the Horowpothana Police this evening, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

He said the youths, final year engineering faculty students of the South Eastern University, were arrested inside the university by the Horowpothana Police.

After receiving complaints regarding the obscene pictures seen to be harmful to Buddhism and Buddhist culture, the IGP had ordered an immediate investigation be conducted to arrest the suspects shown in the offensive pictures.

Thereafter, the Horowpothana Police yesterday launched an investigation into a complaint made to them by the Kiralagala Zone Archaeology Office and the suspects were arrested for contravening the Archaeological Act, he said.

It is said that this group of youngsters had entered the archaeological conservation area illegally and had taken obscene photographs after climbing the ancient Cheithiya and later posted them on social media.

The suspects were taken to the Horowpothana Police station and would be produced in the Kebithigollewa Magistrate's Court today (24). (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Moiez Thursday, 24 January 2019 04:48 AM

    Teach them a good lesson please.

    Scooby Doo Thursday, 24 January 2019 10:29 AM

    Those who don`t respect other religions should be punished but wonder why these people are throwing racist comments here.

    Gamini ABHEYADEERA Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:35 AM

    Authorities should be cautioned these are the events that will lead to disaster in time to come. When similar incidents took place in North Authorities under JR ignored and it lead to disasterSimilarly this is the begining of a bigger calamity to come. ISIS well organized than LTTE an authorities should take immediate action to curb this issue or we will doom

    R.D Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:51 AM

    U people r blowing this out of proportion. There was nothing obscene about the post.However its regrettable that they were not arrested all this time.

    sunil vijaya Thursday, 24 January 2019 07:07 AM

    now stop castigating muslims - this tribalism must end in sri lanka. these are wahaabis, whose women wear this repulsive gonibilla dress, a Saudi input, which should be banned immediately and all shops which well them in Colombo closed down. we wiped out extremist Sinhalese, tigers and now we need to wipe out wahaabis, beginning with bathiudeen.

    Arnold Thursday, 24 January 2019 07:40 AM

    They should be severely punished. Also they should build electric fences around Buddhist holy places.

    ImA Thursday, 24 January 2019 07:51 AM

    Shame on you , so called youth - teach them how to respect other religions

    Liam Thursday, 24 January 2019 09:45 AM

    These uneducated (though say undergrads) uncivilized lot make larger scale problem in Srilanka,by getting on Buddhist sputa while wearing foot wear shows how much they disrespect other religions,stop buying from Muslim shops,they are belong to group which detest by whole world

    Piyal Thursday, 24 January 2019 09:48 AM

    Archaeological sites should be given full protection by civil defence force.They are being destroyed by different reasons,for money , also due to different ideologies and to remove the signs of early administration covering the whole country .

    Liam Thursday, 24 January 2019 09:50 AM

    These uneducated (though say undergrads) uncivilized lot make larger scale problem in Srilanka,by getting on Buddhist sputa while wearing foot wear shows how much they disrespect other religions,stop buying from Muslim shops,they are belong to group which detest by whole world

    Piyal Thursday, 24 January 2019 10:32 AM

    Archaeological sites should be given full protection by civil defence force.They are being destroyed by different reasons,for money , also due to different ideologies and to remove the signs of early administration covering the whole country .

    Thushara Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:41 PM

    I feel very sorry for these uneducated University students.. only paper qualifications is not education. This is not only Buddhist please our symbols of our long history and you also can proud of that. Because you are not pure Arabic Islam boys you are a creation of mother Sri Lanka and she feed you up this level.

    Abu Umar Friday, 25 January 2019 08:27 AM

    This incident is regrettable. These undergrads wouldn't have done it purposely as some claim in their posts. This is similar to the incident of 'PIDURANGALA boys'. But these guys didn't show their backs as was in the previous case. Just because these guys happen to be Muslims, some try to blow this out of proportion.

    Ramu Friday, 25 January 2019 04:52 PM

    As Nazis thought,Muslims perhaps thinking whole world should only for them,

    Citizon Friday, 25 January 2019 12:03 PM

    Did anybody ask them did they know what is the place is it and where they ware standing? Because I am wondering did they know it is a Cheithiya and it has a religius value. We know in Sri Lanka we have a huge gap among communities specially knowing their religious and cultures. I strongly belive they have did this because of ignorence about Budhism.


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