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SLPP just submit to law if K’gala demolition site found to be royal court: Vidura

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) would have to submit to the law if the recently demolished building in Kurunegala is confirmed to be an archaeological site, SLPP Kalutara district candidate Vidura Wickremanayake said.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, the former MP said this country was not built overnight, in a decade or even a century but over a period extending over 3,000 years.

“We have to respect our forefathers and what they have left for us. The truth shall be unveiled soon,” he said.

However, he said, there have been many instances where Buddhist archaeological sites were destroyed with the knowledge of the previous government. Those in power at the time did not utter a word in protest, said Wickramanayake, adding that it is a very pathetic situation.

There was a national uproar when Kurunegala Mayor Thushara Sanjeewa ordered the demolishing of the building said to be the Royal Court of King Bhuvenakabahu II claiming that it was in the way of road development.

Mayor Sanjeewa took reporters to the site and showed a tile made in 1993, plastic electric conduits, and steel bars in the rubble as proof that the building is not an ancient one and said that this building had an unsavory reputation as it was a brothel.

The interim report by the expert committee appointed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa which is headed by Director-General Archeology Dr. Senarath Dissanayake to look into this archaeological site called for legal action to be instituted against all those responsible for the demolition of the building.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Dappula de Livera instructed the acting Inspector General of Police to immediately conduct an investigation into the incident and record a statement from Mayor Sanjeewa.

The police also obtained a court order yesterday from the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court to protect and prevent access to the demolished building in Kurunegala, pending investigations. (Colombo, July 24, 2020)





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