MISSING NOVICE MONKS FOUND IN THE JUNGLE

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BY KURULU KOOJANA KARIYAKARAWANA

AND K.G. KARUNARATNE The four young novice monks who had gone missing since Sunday were found last morning in the Maduru Oya Forest during a a joint search operation by the Police.

Aralaganwila Police backed by the army and the members of the STF and the Civil Defence Force launched a major search operation on Sunday evening when they had not returned to the temple. Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the monks were found on a rock in the thick jungle and admitted to Polonnaruwa Hospital for a medical test, The young monks residing in Dananjaya Raja Maha Viharaya in Kandegama, Aralaganwila had left the temple around 10.30 a.m. on Sunday when the chief incumbent of the Viharaya had gone out on some other matter. The novice monks aged 11 to 13 had told the police that they went to a see a Buddhist statue which is said to be on a large rock in the middle of the Maduru Oya Forest. They had lost their way while returning to the temple and spent the night in one of the caves. SSP Polonnaruwa Division Laksiri Wijesena is conducting further inquires.