Gurukanda Raja Maha Buddhist Viharaya – Mullativu
The Director General of Archaeology confirmed in Mullativu Magistrate courts before the Magistrate S L. Kumar that Guru Kanda Buddhist Viharaya in Nayaru on the basis of historical and archaeological evidence dates back to 2000 years.
He further emphasized that the building of a new Hindu kovil inside the historical site was illegal. The court hearing was on 12 Feb 2019 consequent on a dispute arising from a protest staged and led by former TNA politician T.Raviharan on 14th January 2019 on the Thai Pongal Day.
The protestors continued to vandalize the site by attempting to put up a building and lighting fires etc. in the archaeologically accepted site in the breach of rules covering the protection of such a site.
If the Viharaya site is 2000 years old it has to be assumed that there could not have been another building in this place. It is also possible to explore and investigate more scientifically the area and confirm the rightful ownership of the land without allowing for the unlawful elements to decide the fate of the site while paving way for violence.
Hela Janabalaya, led by Mr. Nuwan Bellanthuwada, he also the Sri Lanka’s representative for the Global Sri Lankan Forum – Executive Committee representing of various countries request the law enforcing authorities and the Director Archaeological to step in and settle this issue in a more amicable and a peaceful manner at the backdrop of Tamil racism and extremism activities continuing in the Viharaya premises with blessing of Tamil Politicians like Vingeshwaram and TNA.
Below is the video of the vandalisms carried out by the Tamil in the presence of Tamil politicians.