A Karnataka court here on Tuesday levied a fine of Rs 70,000 on four people in Hampi for damaging ancient pillars of a ruined temple at the world heritage site.
On February 2, a video went viral on social media which purportedly showed miscreants damaging pillars in the temple ruins of Hampi.
— Leo Fitz (@Agent_Fitz) February 2, 2019
After the incident, Bellary SP Arun Rangarajan told reporters that four to five people were involved in the incident.
Subsequently, the police arrested them.
According to a tweet by ANI, the four youths also helped to re-erect the fallen stone carved pillars on Tuesday. All four vandals work in Bengaluru.
Hampi: Four youths (standing in the middle in 1st pic) who vandalised ancient pillars at a temple in world heritage site Hampi earlier this year, helped restore the pillars yesterday & paid Rs 70,000 fine each after being ordered by a Karnataka court. pic.twitter.com/vF5cFc2JSZ
— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2019
The development came days after the Time magazine listed the Hampi World Heritage site as the second must-see place in 2019.
Hampi, an ancient village in Karnataka, is dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara empire.
It is believed to have been the country’s richest city, which has attracted traders from Persia and Portugal.