Women lose jewellery at ceremony
By Palitha Ariyawansa
Several women attending a religious ceremony at the Sri Kadiresan Hindu Temple in Badulla town on Sunday morning are said to have lost their jewellery. It is understood that an organised gang of women allegedly stole the jewellery worth more than Rs.2 million.
The ceremony that lasted for several days marked the completion of renovations at a colossal expenditure. Inquiries revealed that the thieves snatched the jewellery during the rush to witness the shower from a pot in the roof.
Badulla ASP, Dudley Woodward said the women who were concentrating on the religious observances realised much later that their jewellery was missing. Police said a group of young women from a distant area would have mingled with the devotees and snatched the jewellery during the rush. Many of the victims were wearing Thalis, a costly necklace worn by them on the day of their wedding.
They were praying to the gods yesterday to punish the thieves and to cause them to return the stolen jewellery.
A police team under Badulla Acting HQI, D.M. Wijepala are conducting inquiries on the instructions of Uva Province DIG, H.N.B. Ambanwela, Badulla SSP, Sunil Maturata and ASP Dudley Woodward to arrest the suspects.