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4 youths held for toppling Hampi pillar

BALLARI: Nearly every week after a video surfaced of tourists flattening a pillar in the Hampi international heritage site, Karnataka police have arrested 4 folks for the vandalism. The arrested youths claimed they had been blind to the ancient significance of the monuments and said they had destroyed the 14th century pillar in “sheer pleasure”.
A grievance used to be filed by way of Archaeological Survey of India, Ballari, which said the vandalism came about last yr. Ballari SP Arun Rangarajan said the lads had come to Ballari for a Railway Recruitment Board exam. After the exam, 5 of them visited Hampi. Three of them toppled a granite pillar on the Vishnu temple while their buddy filmed them.

Hampi vandals were given threats from teams

The fifth man used to be reportedly roaming the premises, unaware of what the others had been doing.

“With the help of Bihar police, we controlled to take three folks into custody. We detained one individual at Hyderabad and two in Bengaluru,” the SP said. The three youths were known as Rajbabu, 21, a labourer at HAL; RA Raja, a BE pupil in Bengaluru; and Rajesh Chowdhury, 24, additionally a labourer. The man who filmed the trio, Ayush Shahu, works in Bengaluru in digital advertising. Rajbabu and Chowdhury hail from Madhubani district in Bihar while Shahu is from MP and Raja from Bengaluru.

All 4 were remanded in judicial custody.

SP Rangarajan said the youths had confessed to the vandalism. “They had been excited on seeing the monuments in Hampi. They declare to have toppled the pillar in sheer pleasure. They had no concept how traditionally vital Hampi is,” the SP said. “All 4 were dealing with a danger to their lives ever for the reason that video went viral. During interrogation, they said they had won danger calls from some teams.”

The Hampi monuments, built all over the Vijayanagara empire in the 14th century, span over 10,000-odd acres. The staff of 1,600 monuments is a Unesco international heritage site.

Deputy commissioner Dr Ramprasat V Manohar said there used to be no communication between Unesco and the district management in regards to the vandalism.

“Unesco has no longer sought any information about the incident from us,” he said. “Hampi is the delight of our nation and international heritage. Tourists and locals should understand the importance of shielding and conserving the heritage site.”

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