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Suspects Who Vandalized Ariyalai Mahathma Gandhi Statue Arrested

[2012-07-30 10:30:15]

Two suspected persons have been taken into custody by Jaffna Police for vandalizing a Mahathma Gandhi statue stood at the Community Hall on Ashirvathappan Veethy at Ariyalai Sunday (29) morning. The incident that damaged the statue has taken place Saturday (28) night after a clash between two groups who gathered at the location.

This place is usually crowded with youths who play volleyball and other sports and games and also idling people with malpractices such as drinking and gambling.

On the particular night around 11.00 p.m., an argument among a few drunken people had developed into fisticuffs where two of them identified as Sivasubramanium Sivananthan and Kandaiya Thevaneethan living close to the scene tried to pull the stick in the hand of the Gandhi statue to attack their opponents. The attempt resulted in the fall of the statue causing damages to it.

Swift action by the Police could arrest the two culprits on information of two eyewitnesses. Further investigations are continuing.

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