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Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Mayantha Dissanayake yesterday urged the police to conduct an investigation into the incident where Ukrainian tourists had been taking photographs of Sigiriya frescoes, despite it being a prohibited act.

Mr. Dissanayake who lodged a complaint with the Police Headquarters yesterday said the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia and the 54 Ukrainian tourists had taken photographs of the Sigiriya frescoes despite the signs at the site denoting prohibition of such acts.

There are provisions under legislations pertaining to disaster management and also in the Antiquities Ordinance. “A youth who was arrested for damaging the ‘Kurutu Gee’ in Sigiriya was sentenced to two years in prison and the law should be enforced against those responsible for the unlawful photographing of frescoes,” Mr. Dissanayake said.

“Also we have noticed that procedures stipulated by the health authorities did not seem to have been followed by the tourists who visited historical sites such as Dalada Maligawa recently. This has resulted in the high risk of COVID -19 being spread further,” he added.(Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 5

  • Sunil Saturday, 23 January 2021 12:34 PM

    Law and order drained like nothing at present.

    Dee Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:09 PM

    6.9 million have rejected you guys. Let the govt do whatever they please. Our 2/3 mandate has been given for that. We need this Ukraine tourists to develop the nation. Let em even draw graffiti!

    ChanakaJ Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:36 PM

    Letting tourists rape our country will not help us in the long run! Short fix measures are like putting plaster on a bleeding wound!

    Jeeves Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:43 PM

    Take a lead from Greece. Security guards are very strict. No photos means NO PHOTOS. NO exceptions!

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Saturday, 23 January 2021 01:58 PM

    The Russians have special rights.

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