Civil groups to agitate over Omanthai Buddha statue

[TamilNet, Thursday, 23 June 2005, 15:32 GMT]
Vavuniya civil group leaders Thursday announced at a discussion held in the office of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) that they would launch an agitation if the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fails to remove the controversial Buddha statue erected in the Omanthai Pillaiyar temple premises within seven days. The discussion was held between the officials of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and representatives of the civil groups including the LTTE district political section and the Hindu priest of the Omanthai Pillaiyar Temple in the presence of SLMM monitors, sources said.



Mr.Gnanam, Vavuniynia district LTTE political head, deputy head Mr.Tharmendra, Mr.S.N.G.Nathan, Secretary of the Vavuniya Resurgence Forum representing the civil groups, Mr.S.Sittampalam, President of the Vavuniya Bar Association, Mr.S.Senthilanathan, President of Vanni Tamil Congress and Mr. Kulendran attended the discussion on behalf of the Vavuniya civil groups. Members of the Vavuniya Monitoring Committee representing the LTTE, and the Sri Lanka government, also participated in the discussions, sources said.

The SLA was represented by a Colonel rank official who is working in the Public relations Unit, sources said.

Civil leaders complained at the discussion the harassment the people of Omanthai village are undergoing in the hands of SLA.

Omanthai Pillaiyar temple priest said after discussion that he had made a complaint with the Police against the erection of a Buddha statue by the army in the temple premises. It was meaningless to say that it was a Buddhist place after erecting a Buddha statue in the centuries' old Hindu temple, he said.

The priest further said he was subjected to interrogation by the army at the Omanthai army checkpoint when he was coming from Jaffna. "I told the army officer during the discussions of my intention to file a case against the SLA on this matter in Vavuniya law courts," said the priest.

Mr.Gnanam, LTTE Vavuniya district political head said the SLA is now intimidating the Tamil people of Omanthai.

SLA official said he would bring the matters discussed here to his higher authorities, sources said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
20.06.20 23:53   Photo
Tamil man killed, Sinhala Army opens fire at motorbike rider at Mukamaalai in North
19.06.20 23:30  
Dr Amir Ali: SL Archaeology aims to obliterate Tamil traces, shrink territory of Muslims in East
18.06.20 21:02  
Colombo steps up surveillance harassment on organisations operating in East
17.06.20 22:12  
SL military cordons off Jaffna islet with war-time like harassment, families fear reprisals
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=15238