SL Police, STF refuse Tamil devotees accessing Kachchatkodi hill-top for worship

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 21:08 GMT]
Tamil villagers from Kachchatkodi-Swami-malai village, which is located 18 km southwest of Batticaloa, complain that the SL Police and the Sinhala Special Task Force (STF) commandos discriminate them from worshipping their village deity of Murukan represented at the hill-top in the form of a ‘divine javelin’ (Saiva Veal). The occupying Sinhala police and commandos are also blocking them from conducting rituals for Naaka-thampiraan deity at the foothills. The STF is providing security to the Sinhala monks who have established a Theravada Buddhist temple. The hill-top with ancient Buddhist remains from the times of Tamil Nagas have been Sinhalicised and projected as Sinhala heritage in the island, the Tamil residents complain.

Kacchatkodi village

Four ancient inscriptions are found on the rocks. There is a cave in the hill.

The inscriptions were also preserved by the Tamil Tigers, who controlled the area during the times of war.

Kachchatkodi Swami-malai GS area is one of the 24 GS areas Ma'nmunai South West (Paddippazhai) DS Division. It comprises of three villages – Kachchat-kodi, Swami-malai and Kevu'liyaa-madu.

Tamils live in large numbers in Kachchat-kodi and Swami-mali while Kevu'liyaa-madu is subjected to Sinhala colonisation from the neighbouring Ampaa'rai district, especially after 2007.

There are 448 families with 1,533 individuals in the GS area, according to the statistics obtained in 2015.

Around 900 of the individuals are Sinhalese.

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