Thugs push over ancient pillar at Hampi UNESCO world heritage siteFebruary 8, 2019
‘Ruining the ruins’: Vandals are arrested after viral clip shows them pushing over pillars at ancient world heritage site village in India
- Footage posted on Instagram shows the unidentified men pushing the pillar
- Police announced on Thursday they had arrested three men over the incident
- Authorities travelled to Hampi on Saturday and confirmed a pillar was damaged
Three vandals have been arrested after a video emerged of the gang pushing over ancient pillars at one of India’s most famous heritage sites.
Footage posted on Instagram shows the unidentified men pushing over ancient pillars at Hampi, a UNESCO world heritage site in the south of the country.
Shocking video shows three men shoving over the ornate column and then celebrating as it topples into the dust.
Police announced on Thursday they had arrested the three men accused of inflicting the damage, although withheld their identities – News 18 reported.
Footage showed the men pushing over an ancient pillar at the world heritage site in the last few days
The pillar can be seen smashing into several pieces as the vandals whoop and cheer at the destruction.
The video was captioned ‘ruining the ruins’ and included a location tag showing Hampi as the scene of the crime.
Shortly after the clip was posted, it became widely shared on WhatsApp and other social media sites over the weekend.
Local police travelled to Hampi on Saturday and confirmed one of the pillars had been damaged.
Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar said: ‘We will not tolerate any such act of causing damage to historical sites.’
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Three men have so far been arrested over the incident after an investigation was launched when the clip went viral
Hampi is a Unesco world heritage site in the Indian province of Karnataka near Bangalore [file photo]
The Architectural Survey of India, which has drawn criticism from locals for failing to preserve the structure, claimed the video was over a year old.
But the police rubbished the organization’s claim on Monday, by saying the video was shot within the last few days.
Police also say the vandals are still at large although the incident is currently being investigated.
Hampi came second on the New York Times’ ’52 Places to Go in 2019′ list released just days ago.
It is an ancient village in Karnataka, a state in southwest India, that was at one time believed to be the richest village in the country.
It’s the site of temple complexes, palaces and forts that date back to the Vijayanagara Empire, which was established in the 14th century.
Hampi’s ruins are spread over 4,100 hectares (16 sq mi) and it has been described by UNESCO as an ‘austere, grandiose site’ of more than 1,600 surviving remains of the last great Hindu kingdom in South India that includes ‘forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, memorial structures, water structures and others’.
Its ruins are spread over 4,100 hectares (16 sq mi) and it has been described by UNESCO as an ‘austere, grandiose site’ [file photo]
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