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Ramakele Forest to get security over treasure hunting

A pit digged in the Ramakele Forest
A pit digged in the Ramakele Forest

Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday instructed police to provide security round the clock to the Ramakele Forest in the vicinity of the World Heritage Site Sigiriya Rock Fortress to prevent treasure hunting.

The Minister also instructed police officers to arrest all those who damaged the treasures and the Ramakele Archaeological site which extends over 10 acres.

The Minister had discussions with the media personnel, Archaeological Department officers, the DIG and officers of the Central Cultural Fund on the matter when he learnt of the crime.

Minister Premadasa observed that there is an ample number of workers in the Archaeological Department to look after the treasures and instructed the Director General of Archaeology to submit a report if the workers in the Department perform their duties satisfactorily.

The Minister also instructed the Archaeological officials to inform him of any incident that is reported on attempted treasure hunting through a text message to his mobile number.

He said that he learnt all these treasure hunting incidents through the media and advised the officials not to remain silent until the media reveals them. He also instructed the officers to take legal action against the suspects without waiting for the Minister’s instructions.

He also stated that the officers could work actively since the Cabinet Approval has been granted to amend the laws to punish those who damage archaeological sites and engage in treasure hunting.

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