Sri Lankan Army has installed a Buddha statue by force in close proximity to a long standing Hindu Temple near Point Pedro harbour.
It is a Law in Sri Lanka that the permission of Local Government Authorities should be obtained to construct any place of worship. But the officers of the Department of Local Government said that no such procedure had been adhered with regard to the above statue.
A small Buddha statue was erected in 2010 under a Bo tree near the Vairavar Kovil located near the Point Pedro Harbour. One month ago the Army extended the area around this statue and a structure resembling a Buddhist temple has been added there.
An FDL has been constructed near this structure and army is engaged surveillance there. Regular Poojas and Pongal functions had been held from period prior to war in the Hindu temple. Because of the extension of the Army, devotees of the Hindu temple find the space available is not adequate, the villagers had said.
A large Army camp and a Canteen are run by the Army near the Hindu temple. Further a similar statue has been place under a Bo tree in a private land near Point Pedro point and it is also being extended little by little.
It is notable that incidents of the building Buddhist temples, so as to cover the Hindu temples from view, wherever they are located near Bo Trees, are on the increase.