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Application for ban on commemoration at Navaly St. Peter’s rejected

Application for ban on commemoration at Navaly St. Peter’s rejected

Mallakam courts has rejected an application filed by Manipay police requesting a ban on M.K.Sivajilingam to go to St. Peter’s Church, Navaly for the 25th anniversary of Navaly St. Peter’s Church Massacre.

“Operation Leap Forward” of the Sri Lankan Army was in progress on 9.7.1995. People displaced from their villages had gathered at St.Peter’s Church , Navaly. While the whole peninsula was subjected to shell attacks, 13 bombs were dropped on the people who had sought refuge in the Church. 147 people including  48 volunteers serving the displaced were killed in cold blood.

Commemoration events had been organized at the Church and the police depicting the commemoration as “Demonstration” sought a ban on the event.

Following  M.K.Sivajilingam clarifying that no demonstration will be held, the court made an order rejecting the application.

 


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