A 45-Year-Old Man Got Arrested For Knocking Down 2 Hampi Pillars To Take A Selfie

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The fashion of taking a selfie in some picturesque places has triggered an immense madness these days. Many people risk their lives to capture the hazardous incidents around them which causes nothing much but trouble. A 45-year-old man has been arrested in Hampi for accidentally bringing down two pillars of the Ancient Monument while taking selfies.

A Selfie madness can bring you trouble

Nagaraj, who works as a chef, was caught knocking down a pillar at the Vijaya Vittal temple (a UNESCO World Heritage site) while taking a selfie. A security guard spotted this bizarre incident and reported it to the police.


“Since it has been raining for the last few days, the ground holding the historical pillars on the protected heritage site got loose. Nagaraj allegedly leaned on one of the pillars to take a selfie and this made the pillar fall on another pillar, pulling that one down as well,” CK Baba, the SP of Ballary said.

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“Though it was an unintentional act, it calls into question our attitude towards these historical monuments and how we all choose to preserve them. We have booked a case after the ASI complained. We have to respect heritage monuments and the law in force to protect them,” he added.

Booked under the section

Nagaraj is now charged under the Ancient Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958, and has been remanded to judicial custody for 15 days. However, his friends were not booked as they were reportedly not involved.


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Previously a similar incident took place when some youths were arrested for destroying pillars in the historic location. But unlike the present case, the previous accused were reported to have damaged the pillars intentionally. They are now charged with a probable amount of Rs 70,000 each for restoring the monument.