SJB launches protest against demolition of 13th Century King’s Court

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) today launched a protest against the demolition of the 13th Century building believed to be the King’s Court of King Buwanekabahu II in Kurunegala.

The protest was launched in front of the Colombo Municipal Council.

Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and SJB General Secretary Ranjith Mandumabandara were seen at the protest.

Earlier in the week, media reports indicated that the building in question was recognized as an archaeological site and that the Department of Archaeology had scheduled excavation and preservation work to commence on 16 July.

However, it was reported that on 15 July that the Road Development Authority (RDA) without seeking approval from the Department of Archaeology had demolished the building using a bulldozer.

The Kurunegala Mayor told the media that the RDA had permitted the demolition of the building to widen a road running through the area. The Mayor however, had not obtained approval from the Archaeology Department.

Pictures by Lalith Perera