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Two youths arrested for taking photos on top of Cheithiya

14 February 2019 02:45 pm - 32     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Two youths aged 18 and 20 were taken into custody by Archaeological Department officers for allegedly taking photos on top of one of the retinue Cheithiyas in Mihintale today, police said.

They said the two youths, who are residents of Muthur, are studying at an Arabic language learning centre at Nittambuwa.

The suspects are to be produced in the courts tomorrow. Mihintale Police are conducting investigations.

Pic by Athula Bandara and Dayarathne Ambogama

  Comments - 32

  • ANTON Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:55 PM


    Ragula Thursday, 14 February 2019 06:47 PM

    Mr. Anton people take photos in Adams Peak but they don't climb to the altar. Do you climb on the statue.

    ANTON Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:45 PM


    Ragula Friday, 15 February 2019 08:56 AM

    You don’t know what is a cheithiya? It’s not just mound of brick, it’s build on the holy relics of Lord Buddha. Before commenting learn about other religion.

    Sith2000 Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:45 PM

    Poor Conservation of historic sites is an issue

    REEZ Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:46 PM

    Is there any sign displayed not to climb up. I don't know the surrounding. But this photo shows just like steps. People who do not know about its archaeological value will climb up for photos.

    Disawe Thursday, 14 February 2019 06:48 PM

    So if there is steps on Kabaa you will climb it with shoes?

    aruna Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:09 PM

    The purpose is very clear! only the MUSLIMS climb these religious places.

    Jinn Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:51 PM

    Please keep a signboard saying ( Please respect the Cheithiya, Do not keep foot on it ). Over to you Archaeological Department.

    Perumal Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:57 PM

    Could someone clarify to me what the offence is,1. standing on a mound of bricks in the jungle or,2. taking a photograph while standing so,3. whether there was a notice board or an employee to advise the visitors that getting on the mound was prohibited or 4. was it the religious/ethnic identity of the two youngsters coupled with the act that made it an offence?

    Sarana Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:12 PM

    What about urinate on karba stone

    Raj Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:34 PM

    Perumal don't try to smart by making questions 1 to 4 what do you mean by mound of bricks? Are you a Sri Lankan? If so did you go to school and study history or art? It's there for all students apart from religion.

    Sunil Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:01 PM

    This is going too far.

    Karu Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:11 PM

    Breaking news is different from actual news. Will lead to breaking of heads

    Lanka Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:15 PM

    Investigation? For what? They “showed irrespeciveness to the holly place” (knowingly or unknowingly) so getover with it.

    Lal Thursday, 14 February 2019 06:44 PM

    Causing damage to a historic site

    Nalin Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:22 PM

    Now the minority news sites will start shouting for the release of this two barbaric

    Ragula Friday, 15 February 2019 08:58 AM

    Madawala News is doing it I herd.

    Yoshitha Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:26 PM

    Arabic students do what they learn nothing to wonder.

    abc Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:36 PM

    Typical Arabic behavior. remember Bamiya.

    max Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:38 PM

    Seems this has become a trend now. Lock them up! Otherwise never learn a lesion.

    Disawe Thursday, 14 February 2019 06:44 PM

    Very soon these racist going to climb on the Pathirupuwa. Take photos on Kaaba in Mecca.

    Mahasen Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:39 PM

    This act is a planned and organised one and they do it with teenagers or students. Imagine if a site of Islamic is insulated in such a way what will be the punishment in Saudi? Even you can't draw a cartoon about Islam. The government should take serious action.

    Nash Friday, 15 February 2019 06:23 AM

    Need to educate young people about the value of these archeological sites and the government should set up a clear mechanism to monitor these so called Extremist Arabic colleges. They are gonna b a menace in the future.

    Anonymous Friday, 15 February 2019 12:12 PM

    Yeah right! A group of students do something and Arabic Colleges are extreme. Go and check your head first!

    Moo Friday, 15 February 2019 10:21 AM

    Damn! Do we need to bring religion into everything topic discussed. It shows archaeological dept not safeguarding places. You all are Srilankans leave religion aside and work to make one Srilanka the best rather than hiding behind a device and spreading hatred. Peace

    Sil Friday, 15 February 2019 10:28 AM

    Stop permitting Muslims to enter those religious sites,this is attempt to provoke people and instigate communal disturbances,through out the world this is happening,punish them severely , as they do in Saudi,

    Anonymous Friday, 15 February 2019 12:14 PM

    Stupid just because one or two people do something, the entire community is not responsible for that. Then, even Buddhists shouldn't enter mosques for the damages extremists have done to them

    Raj Friday, 15 February 2019 11:17 AM

    There is a movement from Pakistan who is preaching to destroy statue worship in some years mainly to do in India and Sri Lanka.

    Anonymous Friday, 15 February 2019 12:16 PM

    Ah ok smartass! Show us evidence first, then we'll believe!

    Kalu Friday, 15 February 2019 12:34 PM

    Here you go, see how quick the movement is appointing some one to reply as anonymous. This itself a proof how far this has gone.

    Sam Friday, 15 February 2019 01:10 PM

    Evidence we have to monitor your mosque all time by keeping a security personnel.

    sen Friday, 15 February 2019 04:22 PM

    The one who commenting by the name "anonymous" seems to be theoretician of this group of insane barbarians

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