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BBS wants Defence Ministry to 'take over' archaeology

The group of Buddhist monks, Bodu Bala Sena, has called upon Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence to 'take over' the archaeology department.

General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera stated on Thursday,

“The Archaeological Department is not capable of protecting our heritage. There are some corrupt officers in the department. They are giving away clues to treasure hunters. The Defence Ministry should take over the Department”.

One such claimed Buddhist historical site claimed was in Anuradhapura, where in 2011, monks demolished a mosque and burnt Islamic flags. The incident has not been investigated.

See our earlier post:

Monks destroy Muslim shrine as police stand idle
(15 September 2011)