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Two workers remanded for stealing solar panels from Mihintale sacred area

Anuradhapura Chief Magistrate and Additional District Judge Nalaka Jayasuriya yesterday ordered the remand of the Officer in Charge of the Mihintale Regional Office of Archaeology and a watcher till September 21 for allegedly stealing two solar panels. They were charged of stealing two solar panels which had been fixed to two lamp posts in the archaeological reserve where the Rajagiri cave was located in the Mihintale sacred area.

The Chief Magistrate also ordered the Mihintale police to submit to the Court, a report on the progress of the investigations into this incident.

Producing the suspects before Court, police said that a few months ago, two solar panels were installed on two lamp posts to illuminate the reserve located in the Rajagiri cave area of Mihintale sacred area. They told court that they had received a complaint that either an individual or group of people had stolen these two solar panels. Accordingly, on suspicion that he was involved in the robbery, a watcher of the Regional Office of Archaeology, Mihintale had been taken into custody.

Subsequent to lengthy questioning of this watcher, police said that facts were revealed that the officer in charge of the Regional Office of Archaeology had aided and abetted in this crime. Police appealed that the two suspects be remanded since investigations into this incident have not yet been completed.

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