Sections of museum closed for fear of theft

It contains daggers, swords, bows, arrows, riffles and light artillery used by Sikh warriors. It also contains portraits, sculptures and paintings depicting battles Sikhs fought with the British army at Lahore, Multan, Jalianwalla, Moodkee.

The sources told The News that the closed sections of the museum contained rare art collection once owned by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his son Maharaja Dalip Singh. t of the rare paintings depict colourful festivals and activities of Sikh era, they added.

Punjab Archaeology Department Director-General Shahbaz Khan told The News that some sections of the museum were closed due to fear of theft and wear and tear.

He said the sections were not permanently closed but were open for VIP visitors only. He said the air-conditioners installed in the building were in working condition but sometimes they had to be switched off due to low voltage and electricity problems.

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