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Vandalizing Buddha statues in Mawanella: Ministry committee to probe

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Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Sajith Premadasa has appointed a committee to investigate into the incidents of vandalizing Buddha statues in Mawanella area.

The ministry said officials from the Cultural Affairs Department and Archaeology Department headed by Assistant Director of Kegalle Archaeology Department H. B. A. K. Nimalgoda have been appointed to look into the incident.

Ministry said four Buddha Statues at Randiwela Junction, Mahanthegama Road, Hingula Junction and Idula Junction have been damaged.

Though the initial investigation revealed that the vandalized Buddha statues has no archaeology value, it cannot be discarded from re-establishing those Buddha statues which has been worshipped by the people, the ministry said.

The ministry has finalized the estimating funds required fro re-construct of damaged Buddha statues and the process would be completed within next week, the ministry said.

Earlier, the police arrested seven suspects for damaging Buddha statues in Mawanella.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Nirmal Monday, 31 December 2018 09:52 AM

    Dilum and Lohan at a dead silent.

    G.M. Jayawardena Monday, 31 December 2018 10:15 AM

    The committee can not stop the hate and intolerance in the minds of the young people; Probably the main cause for the incident, who are just idling doing nothing to contribute the national growth. In a diverse society like in Singapore these are are very rare because everyone is busy with work and for the strict laws and clean judiciary system in the country.

    rob Monday, 31 December 2018 10:24 AM

    Life may become miserable for those who did this..it is the law of nature. What happened to those who destroyed buddha statues in Afghanistan..

    Mohamed Monday, 31 December 2018 12:15 PM

    Amen, Amen , Amen, hope and pray for the same, honest God fearing muslim would not have done this.

    Senduran Monday, 31 December 2018 10:35 AM

    Happy to see at least now the government acting. We couldn't see this kind of efficiency when other religious places ware attached.

    Jude Monday, 31 December 2018 11:19 AM

    Well, Hate Crimes on the rise in all parts of the world, especially, religious hate crimes in America and Europe !!! Sri Lanka no exception!!! NO country have a handle on the situation!!?? However, severe punishment to culprits can curb the Snowball effect!!!

    ahamed Monday, 31 December 2018 03:13 PM

    culprit to be brought under the law, however during these government more than 100 mosques were damaged by extreme peoples, but government not action?


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