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Damage to antique Buddha statue: JO calls for inquiry

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The Joint Opposition (JO), today, called for an inquiry into how a valuable bronze Buddha statue belonging to the Anuradhapura era had been damaged after it was taken to Temple Trees to grace an exposition of relics.

JO stalwart MP Wimal Weerawansa said at a media briefing that the statue had been removed from the National Museum without the approval of the museum's director. Calling it a grave crime under the laws governing archaeological affairs, he said action should be taken forthwith against those responsible.

"The statue had been damaged. After that, it had been repaired with glue and returned to the museum," he said.

Mahinda Yapa Abeywardan MP, a former cultural affairs minister, said that artefacts could not be removed from the museum without Cabinet approval and that this was a grave crime.(Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

 

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  • Neil Wijeratne Thursday, 26 May 2016 06:31 PM

    This guy is talking about antique Buddha statue-How much damage did he do toS ri Lanka when he went in out with fake Passports obtained by giving wrong dates of birth?

    FIRAZ ANVER Thursday, 26 May 2016 12:40 PM

    Why don't you ask KANGATTA.

    dham Thursday, 26 May 2016 01:29 PM

    Biggest issue at the moment where is Gamaya via DM Android App

    Sincere Thursday, 26 May 2016 03:17 PM

    He finds some reason whatsover to come before a microphone.

    Dee Thursday, 26 May 2016 03:22 PM

    Stealing from the museum with cabinet knowledge is a bigger crime.

    Rabada Thursday, 26 May 2016 04:01 PM

    Brass stuck with glue Only in SL via DM Android App

    usuf Thursday, 26 May 2016 04:51 PM

    How about a referendum via DM Android App


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