Director General of Archaeology Prof. Anura Manatunga says due to the events that unfolded last Saturday (9), monuments of archaeological importance at the President’s House in Colombo, Fort have been damaged.
Issuing a statement Prof. Manatunga said legal action will have to be taken under the Antiquities Ordinance over the damages.
The statement said suitable action was taken by security personnel and those giving leadership to the people’s struggle to prevent further damage to the monuments and valuable items at the state offices.
The Director General of Archaeology said officials of the Department will continue to regularly inspect the sites.
Officials of the Department of Archaeology yesterday inspected the locations where damages were said to have occurred, at the President’s House, the Presidential Secretariat, and the Temple Trees.
Prof. Manatunga called on the public to refrain from damaging or stealing public property, monuments, and antiques that are of historical importance.