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Sivan temple demolished and Vihare constructed by the Army in Katchilaimadu: HRC commence investigation

Sivan temple demolished and Vihare constructed by the Army in Katchilaimadu: HRC commence investigation

The Human Rights Commission has commenced its inquiries on  a complaint that the Army had demolished an ancient Sivan Temple in Katchilaimadu Odduchuddan and constructed a  Vihare in its place.

An ancient Sivan Temple in a private land in extent of 1 acre had been demolished with a Backhoe and all evidence of the Temple had been removed by the 64 Division personnel, to construct a vihare on the location of the ancient Sivan Temple. The Army had placed a Buddha statue under a Bo tree found in the Land. This matter had caused much tension in the area.

The owner of the land said that is a titled land belonging to him and was later handed over to the Archaeological department and has been declared as the property of the Archaeological Department. The Army who occupied my land after the end of the war, had completely demolished this ancient Temple with a Backhoe and had removed all evidence of a temple existing there.

A complaint has been made with the Human Rights Commission, Vavuniya in 2007 April.

Contacted over this, the OIC of the HRC Vavuniya Office and AAL, Leenus Vasanthrajah had said the inquiries had been made from the Army and the inquiries had reached the final stages, and the inquiries were made on complaint made by the owner of the Land.


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