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A 42-year-old male has been arrested by police in Mahaoya with a Samadhi Buddha Statue he had allegedly found after digging up an ancient Dagoba located inside the Akuloba Archaeological Reserve.

Police Media Unit said the suspect was arrested last night along with the Buddha Statue measuring 17.5 inches in height at 14 inches in width. The statue weighed 47.9 kilograms.

The suspect is a resident of Mahaoya. He is due to be produced before the Dehiaththakandiya Magistrate’s Court today. Mahaoya Police are investigating.