Four youngsters arrested for damaging stone pillars at Hampi

Bengaluru: Four youngsters were arrested on Thursday for damaging a carved stone pillar at the UNESCO world heritage site at Hampi in Karnataka.

The video of the incident went viral and it triggered statewide outrage. A protest was held by the locals, who demanded that adequate security be provided to the monuments.

According to sources, the four youths who work in Bengaluru, were arrested yesterday. While three of them damaged the historic monument, the fourth person shot the video. 

Reacting to the incident, D K Shivakumar, water resources minister, issued a statement that said the state government would not tolerate any act of causing damage to historical sites and that strict action would be taken against the culprits.

It is to be noted that recently, Hampi – the capital of Vijayanagar empire – has been listed second on the New York Times list of 52 must-go sites in the world.

NT Bureau