An ancient dagoba ‘Kuda Sithulpawwa’ in the historic sacred area of Hambanthota District was broken into by a group of treasure hunters last night (31), Archaeology Department Director General Prof. Anura Manatunga said.
He said the items which had archaeological value were stolen by these elements.
He said a special investigation was underway into the incident.
Meanwhile, the police said one suspect who was involved in the incident was arrested and he is to be produced before the Anuradhapura Magistrate today.
The police also launched a search operation to locate the remaining four suspects who fled the area.
Prof. Manatunga said, this ancient Kuda Sithulpawwa was built in the second century BC by King Kavantissa.
According to the Chronicles, it is said that 12,000 monks lived in this sacred place in that era.