SL Police bans playing devotional songs at Vedukku-naa'ri temple in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 05 September 2019, 20:48 GMT]
The SL Police from Nedungkea'ni police station has instructed the trustee board of Vedukku-naa'ri Aathi-Lingkeasvarar temple in Vavuniyaa North not to use loudspeakers to play devotional songs during the annual temple festival. The SL Archaeology Department started to claim the locality as coming under its purview last year in August and deployed the SL Police to block Tamil devotees from setting up a ladder to the hilltop. When the dispute went to the courts, the local community was allowed to proceed with the deity rituals without engaging in any construction work. This year, the SL Police has restricted the devotees even from playing devotional songs, commented Thamilchelvan Thurairajah, an elected councillor at the Civic Divisional Council of Vavuniyaa North.

Civic Councillor Thamilchelvan has urged all concerned Tamil activists and politicians to come forward to defend the rights of the native Tamils in marking their annual temple feast.

The temple festival began on Thursday, and it will continue until 13th September.

Earlier this year, the Tamil people in Vanni mobilised in large numbers marking Pongkal feasts in the deity temples, which were facing the threat of Sinhala-Buddhicisation by the ‘Sinhala Only’ SL Department of Archaeology.

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