Reports state that the memorial built to commemorate the leaders of the Matale rebellion, Gongollegoda Banda and Weera Puranappu has been buried under a ditch along the Kandy – Jaffna A9 road.
This memorial was built on the location where the Matale rebellion began on the 29th of July in 1848 and the Department of Archaeology had named this location a site with archaeological value.
However, our correspondent reported that despite this a businessman has constructed a building on the location in the Matale – Kohombiliwela region along the A9 road.
This memorial was built by British National William Bond in memory of the Sri Lankan heroes who were arrested by Captain Lillee in 1848 and it bears the inscription the leaders of the rebellion including Gongollegoda Banda were arrested by the British army lead by Captain Lillee at this location.
UNP Central Provincial Councillor Sanjeewa Kavirathne who visited the location of the memorial, spoke to the media and expressed the following views.
Even though our news team attempted to inquire from the Director General of the Department of Archaeology Senerath Dissanayaka regarding this it was to no avail as he was not available.
Subsequently a spokesperson from the Department of Archaeology stated that a team of investigators have been dispatched to the site of the memorial.
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