Archaeological officers complain regarding a building of a kovil

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Archaeological officers in Vavuniya have complained to the Omanthai police in October to carry out an enquiry about the building of a Kovil in Maligai area in Omanthai, in Vavuniya, by a certain group of people by bulldozing a place with archaeological memorials and ruins that belonged to Anuradhapura period.

All archaeological memorials including ancient ‘stupa’ bases, Sri Pada (Feet), bases of buildings, stone pillars, bricks and tiles had been bulldozed by this unidentified group and Statues of Gods have been placed on an ancient Moonstone Lamp according to the complaint made by the officer concerned.

In the meantime, the area in question with seven acres in extent, including archaeological ruins and memorials, has been enclosed as private land and arrangements have been made to build a Kovil on that land.

In spite of the fact that no action has been taken by the police to stop this destruction even after the lapse of several weeks of making a complaint, a top officer in response to a query said that an investigation has been launched in this connection. (Sithum Chathuranga)

Pix by Sithum Chathuranga

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  • raj Thursday, 24 October 2019 07:48 PM

    planted evidence

    Dr Dasarath Jayasuriya Thursday, 24 October 2019 08:01 PM

    The Police is responsible for this tragic debacle. Priceless treasures have been lost due to political interference directing police to be deaf and blind. Soon the Kovil built will be claimed to be 100 years old .

    LOKKA Thursday, 24 October 2019 08:28 PM

    This destruction of archeological sites is a part if a larger program of removing any evidence of the Sinhalese heritage in the North and Eastern Provinces. The main reason for this racist and bold action is the introduction of Provincial councils. So long as this traitorous UNP regime is in power this destruction will continue.

    Curious Thursday, 24 October 2019 08:40 PM

    Yes. Find out the unidentified group that is doing such activities, especially when an election is around

    kumar Thursday, 24 October 2019 09:30 PM

    Now every corner where minority people live became archeological sites. This is a new strategy to curb minority and making their life miserable and making them to flee the country. They never ever learn or try to civilize.

    LAW Friday, 25 October 2019 02:28 AM

    It is time that all unlisted sites be photographed, and GPS logged as proof of archaeological site.

    Siva Friday, 25 October 2019 04:09 AM

    Fake archeological sites in Tamil areas , used as an excuse to settle Sinhalese. All these so called archeological sites , seem only to be in Tamil areas , hardly anything down south. Everything Buddhist is not Sinhalese. There were thousands of Tamil Buddhists too. Sinhalese and the Sinhalese language only came into existence around the 7TH century AD

    Professor Friday, 25 October 2019 04:49 AM

    In the peak of the Tamil Empire whole of Sri Lanka was under Tamil rule but we are not claiming any archeological sites in the South.

    Jacob Friday, 25 October 2019 05:45 AM

    @ kumar, first act like civilized people. Even at places of historical and archaeological value you may stay if you can live in a peaceful and a civilized manner.


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