The incident of vandalism has caused outrage online and offline. Prominent figures have expressed concern and anger about poor security at such sites.
- The police assured the public that the youngsters will be arrested and prosecuted
- The viral video shows youngsters knocking down pillar of an ancient structure at Hampi
- It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
After a video showing some youths vandalising ancient pillars at the world heritage site in Hampi, Karnataka, went viral on the social media on Friday, police said they have sped up the investigation and will soon arrest the guilty.
Superintendent of Police, Bellary, Arun Rangarajan said the accused will be arrested and prosecuted soon.
On Friday, some youths were seen vandalising the pillars at the historic site in Hampi. In the video, one can see the youth pushing the pillars and overturning them. The pillar, part of a valuable ancient structure, tilts and falls before breaking into pieces. The site in Hampi has been declared a World Heritage by the Unesco.
The relics in Hampi are important as they date back to the prosperous Vijayanagara empire. The empire, founded in the 14th century AD, was one of the most prosperous and powerful empires of the time in Southern Indian. The village has beautiful structures with immense historical significance. The New York Times had recently declared the heritage site at Hampi as a second 'must-see' place in 2019.