National museum broken

2012-03-17 06:29:32

The National museum situated in Cinnamon Gardens has been broken into by a group of thieves last night who have stolen traditional swords and coins that were placed in the museum. 
Thus far seven swords, 18 rings, 4 handles and coins worth millions are found to have been stolen.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said that there is no breakthrough as to the culprits yet. " There has been no breakthrough yet. Both the CID and the  Cinnamon Gardens Police are conducting further investigations into the incident” 

Meanwhile, the National Museum has been closed for public till tomorrow (March 18) due to investigations following the robbery, the Police said.(Hafeel Farisz & Supun Dias)

  Comments - 55

  • Rosh Saturday, 17 March 2012 06:44

    Can there be a moment of shame than this? can we expect anything better than this from the ministers got caught at high profile brothels??? I'm seriously becoming irritated by living in this hell hole

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    Suren Sarathkumara Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:24

    Me too. So long I thought I shouldn't leave the country where I was born. But the idea of good bye is trickling in day -by-day.

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    Fusion Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:55

    I have a bad feeling that things will only get worse before it gets any better (or at least tolerable) to the ordinary citizen. :(

    ane deyyiane.....

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    mansam Sunday, 18 March 2012 08:16

    Dear all, So why are u waiting? Pls leave. Sri Lanka will be a better place without ppl like u who only wants to be in the country when it's doing good.

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    game kolla Sunday, 18 March 2012 14:58

    Don't leave this country...soon this will be miracle of asia...or...hell of asia?

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    Ruwan Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:00

    At least put the CCTV Cameras before they (you know) robbed the CROWN of the king.

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    dalu banda Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:02

    No security provided? Hmmm

    Reply : 2       63

    solomon Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:06

    What type of security was there? No CCTV cameras or thief alarms?

    Reply : 1       68

    funkyu Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:10

    This is not a moment of shame this is a moment of reality. Where certain idiots didn't secure a place where some of the most valuable historical objects are kept. Even if you travel to other countries in the world this sort of thing would happen if they didn't take the proper actions to prevent such things. Stop hating your mother land!

    Reply : 32       37

    sxhabeeb Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:15

    ha ha, coming sign no good..... shame shame puppy shame... hope the CCTV can help find the culprits.

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    Gamini Udagepola Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:19

    We have 1.2 Million Government sector workers paid by tax payers, so many of them are inefficient. This should have been expected as we heard similar news very recently. Seems nobody is bothered what is happening around as long as they get paid. Museum management must take full responsibility for this

    Reply : 4       54

    Gona Mark Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:24

    Where is the so called CCTV system in the city....

    Reply : 2       54

    Anton Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:24

    Must be a minister, the ones digging for treasure in Hambantota and Weerakatiya

    Reply : 4       73

    Banana Man Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:27


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    DeSelva Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:29

    you are not the first person to call Sri Lanka a hell hole.
    But Travel Magazines are full of priase

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    jacoob Sunday, 18 March 2012 04:41

    got to find out as to how much that magazine was paid

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    Irfi Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:53

    What?Cinnamon Garden police is right next to the National museum and not to mention its high security zone. Ministers have so many policemen for their security but there are no policemen to guard the national treasures. So sad. where are we heading? I pass the museum every single day. but I have never seen any policemen except for few old guards.

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    De Silva Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:54

    Ratakata giya kala ? We ended 30 yearsof civil war now peace is here. Crying Shame, Can't even guard our naional mueseam which is locatd close to Prime Ministers Office.This may be attempt to wipe out our history by vested intrest.Where are we headng?

    Reply : 10       31

    Shiyam Saturday, 17 March 2012 08:18

    Western Conspiracy ! !

    Reply : 15       36

    yakadaya Saturday, 17 March 2012 08:26

    I think these Swords were taken(not stolen) with an pure intention to fight against western powers to stop tabling the resolution.
    once they succeed they will keep it same place.

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    kondebendapucheena Saturday, 17 March 2012 08:32

    Shame Shame What Nonsense is this This our History for more generations to Come,I feel cry No excuses for this kind of mistakes

    Reply : 3       32

    Sri Lankan Saturday, 17 March 2012 08:33

    Country - Sold. Patriotism - Sold. Relegion- Sold. Glorius history - Sold. What next? Rob your Parents and sell?

    Reply : 4       47

    kunjan Saturday, 17 March 2012 15:25

    Irfi Please understand that this is SRI LANKA POLICE and their policy ha ha ha....

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    Faur N Square Saturday, 17 March 2012 08:37

    well well the culprits knew that themuseum is closed to the public on Fridays as a condition set by the person who donated the land. So it has to be an inside job with the blessings of a minister....

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    Ronny Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:55

    The National Liabilities are well guarded with PSD, MSD, back-up and escort vehicles etc. etc. but the National Assets are not guarded properly

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    RR Saturday, 17 March 2012 15:40

    No boundary wall around the museum I suppose

    Reply : 3       19

    joker Saturday, 17 March 2012 16:03

    ???????????inside job

    Reply : 3       20

    Sudantha Saturday, 17 March 2012 16:07

    High Security Area.... what about other

    Reply : 3       19

    shan Saturday, 17 March 2012 16:21


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    Bola Baba Saturday, 17 March 2012 16:38

    Someone looking for the crown, could be an inside job.

    Reply : 3       22

    Appu Sunday, 18 March 2012 07:51

    Looking for Dutu Gemunu's Sword..

    Reply : 1       10

    RR Sunday, 18 March 2012 11:59

    Must be

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    IBNUABOO Saturday, 17 March 2012 16:38

    were precious national treasures kept in open varaanda?

    Reply : 3       18

    ravi Saturday, 17 March 2012 18:12

    we are sri lankansss,,

    Reply : 2       3

    Chands Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:13

    Sri Lankan society has stooped to such a low level, wonder if it is worth living in such a country anymore with corrupt politicos who are thugs & criminals, ever increasing crimes in the society with no real justice. Politicians in all colours are responsible for this sad situation. No wonder Sri Lankans are migrating in huge numbers. Society seems to be good only for criminals now.

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    faqi Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:15

    I am amazed at all the negative comments on this blog. Heists like this happens in all countries of the world. Do not look to blame anyone. This is a good lesson to guard the national treasures more securely in the future, with added security, such as an; alarm system, CCTV cameras, security guards, guard dogs etc as done in other countries. We have to blame the thieves who are so callous that they rob our heritage and not anyone else. For these common thieves nothing is sacrosanct except money.

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    Imran Hussein Sunday, 18 March 2012 05:37

    People are blaming the thieves sorry you didnt understand that faqi. Police is right next to you and its in a prime location in the country so who would dare to take such a risk?

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    patriotlankan Sunday, 18 March 2012 07:16

    @ faqi - hahaha... what do you expect? a gentleman like behaviour from the thieves??!!!

    Reply : 2       5

    Perera Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:41

    Mulu ratama kapalla..............Don't let it for future generations..

    Reply : 3       6

    Las Sunday, 18 March 2012 01:55

    What a joke, dont they have a burglar alarm system at such a valuable place!!!

    Reply : 4       4

    dare Sunday, 18 March 2012 03:20

    real culprits will be released due to political preasure

    Reply : 5       4

    idi Sunday, 18 March 2012 03:33

    If government can borrow high taxes from us........why cant they keep high protection for our ancient treasures????????

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    citizen1 Sunday, 18 March 2012 03:42

    Blooming Heck!!!!!!!!! What a pathetic condition our country is in! Most big time thieves now-a-day's are also in positions of power. As some say, the whole country will be looted before people wake up.

    Reply : 3       6

    krish Sunday, 18 March 2012 04:08

    Indiana Jones is here in srilanka.......

    Reply : 4       4

    deepal Abayasakar Sunday, 18 March 2012 04:16

    ASK Bayagoth and family

    Reply : 3       9

    Mawahib Sunday, 18 March 2012 04:27

    Everything finished and now gone to the Museum

    Reply : 3       3

    hmmm Sunday, 18 March 2012 04:58

    i can't believe this caz as far as i know they have motion detects and lazer guided alarms for every valuable item...:((

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    Sammy Sunday, 18 March 2012 05:49

    Why do we wait for something wrong to happen instead of being proactive? With such valuable artifacts in the museum and with modern security systems and measures available, there should have been better preventive action taken.

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    Rajiv Sunday, 18 March 2012 05:50

    nothing will come out of this investigations. It is deffinitely a work of those close to this govt like most other cases i even will not be surprised if the stolen goods would have been transported out in Govt Vehicles however it will only come to light if a proper investigation is carried out I mean indipendent probe and do hope the cop who extract this correctly will not be transfered to a remote station later. I also will not be surprised if the head of the national museum who was in charge during this time getting a promotion to another institution as happened in many other cases like the cricket board, petrolium etc etc. Any way this is what the so called suba anagathaya and the wonder of asia is all about. This is the reality of both the fraces. Oh God who ever it is it is timenow for you to intervene...............

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    chandrakumara Sunday, 18 March 2012 06:30

    These are the signs of a third world banana republic ,where the govt. cannot provide security even to the priceless artifacts that belong to the whole Srilankan nation.Shame on the authorities who provide security to this place. May be an inside job.

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    Lanka Sunday, 18 March 2012 06:54

    It is high time to put some of these Parliament members in the museum. They will never get stolen!

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    Ronny Sunday, 18 March 2012 10:21

    Lanka, you are right and wrong. Definitely they will not be stolen but they will help the robbers and get their commission.

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    Ronny Sunday, 18 March 2012 08:37

    At this rate, we are just a few days away from our Central Bank being robbed by ......... (your guess is as good as mine).

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    Lal Medawatte Sunday, 18 March 2012 09:04

    This can be a part of the Western conspiracy against the Sri Lanka. Please get in touch with Minister Wimal Weerawansa for his expert comments, advices etc.

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