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Heritage site allegedly disposed of

Police are investigating a complaint by the Archaeological Department that land of high archaeological, historical and cultural value located in the Balumgala area in the Ipalogama DS division in Anuradhapura district has been disposed of by the Ipalogama divisional secretariat officials.

According to the Archaeological Department, some ancient padanagara on the site have been damaged by backhoes. The land is alleged to have given for a government housing development project. This land was to be vested in the Department as a heritage site and boundaries were demarcated in 1996. The land is situated close to the historic Vijithapura archaeological site.