The attention of the Sri Lankan community has always been focussed on the victories and triumphs of its student population.
All eyes were on Nipuni Sellahewa recently who garnered 2nd place during the 'Shankar' Painting competition which was held in India.
Nipuni was able to secure the silver medal during the competition battling-out 69 contenders from various states.
Subsequently, Nipuni who had been a student of the Nugegoda Mahamaya Vidyalaya was awarded an opportunity to peruse her higher studies at the Sirimavo Bandaranayeke Girls School in recognition of her achievements.
However on the 12th of April Nipuni befell victim to an ill fated incident.
A thief who had managed to enter her home had stolen the silver medal which she had been awarded with.
A swift investigation was quick to follow under the leadership of Crimes Division OIC of the Thalangama police, Piyal Gunathilleke.
In an ironic twist of fate the culprit of this crime was nabbed by police yesterday with the stolen item.
The suspect who is believed to be a resident of the Borella area had gained information regarding the medal from a youth in the Hokandara area, who is said to be a drug addict.
Subsequent to have stolen the item, the culprit had desperately attempted to sell it-off.
However his attempts had proved futile.
Elated by the discovery of her once lost memento, Nipuni Sellhewa expressed these views to our news team.