The 25th commemoration of the Navaly St. Peter’s church was held amidst much stringency of the police yesterday at the memorial in the Church premises.
Worship was undertaken in the church led by the Parish Priest. Thereafter the relatives of the people killed in the massacre lighted flames and paid tribute at the memorial in the Church premises.
In a context where the Mallakam Court had rejected an application to ban the commemoration, people paid their tributes in spite of the blockades set up by the police. The Police allowed only Rev. Fathers to light flames at the memorial and did not allow the public to pay their homage.
At this time M.K.Sivajilingam tried to light a memorial flame when a police officer tried pull down Sivajilingam. However, Sivajilingam managed to light the flame surpassing the attempt of the police officer. TNPF’s National Organizer , Manivannan followed suit, with the people breaching the police blockades and paid their respects at the memorial.
Following this, the Rev. Fathers assured the police that the people pay respects and disperse and requested to allow the people to pay their respects. Then the police allowed the people to pay their respects keeping the social space, but threatened the people first that they have the power to arrest the people for violating corona laws.
while the disturbances of people breaching the police blockades and paying their respects, 10 armed Army men came to the spot and engaged in activities threatening the people.