Hands-Off Sacred Sites; Don’t be misled by myths, says Thero

Hands-Off Sacred Sites; Don’t be misled by myths, says Thero

Written by Zulfick Farzan

02 Sep, 2021 | 10:55 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); A leading Sri Lankan monk has appealed to those who vandalize sacred sites for treasure not to be misled by myths and fantasies.

Ven. (Dr.) Walawahangunawewe Dhammaratana Thero, the Chief Incumbent of Mihinthale Raja Maha Viharaya urged treasure hunters to stop their sinful acts and put an end to the destruction caused to Sri Lankan’s rich heritage.

He made these comments when visiting a cave near the historic Rajagiri-Len Vihara located within the Mihinthale Sacred grounds, which fell victim to a dozen treasure hunters recently.

12 men were arrested and remanded until the 15th of September.

In a related note, 02 men have been arrested so far for defacing an ancient structure at the Sithulpawwa sacred grounds inside the Yala National Park and stealing valuable artifacts.

The treasure hunters caused considerable damage to the ancient ‘Dagaba’ and then proceeded to cover-up their crime by white-washing damaged area.

The Commissioner-General of Archeology, Senior Professor Anura Manatunga stated that following the incident, the number of police patrols operating daily in the area has also been increased. Two suspects have already been arrested in connection with the incident.

The Director-General said that further action would be taken based on the orders issued by the courts in this regard. The police stated that 10 police teams are conducting an investigation into the incident.

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