Commander and all ranks of Security Force – Jaffna, after an whole night pirith chanting and alms giving to Buddhists Monks, transferred merits to armed force members who were killed in the war against the Tamil minority who fought for a separate state due to discrimination by successive Sinhala governments of Sri Lanka. The Budddhists Monks invoked blessing to Commander of the Army, soldiers and members of civilian staff serving in the Army Friday (27) morning.
The Pinkama was organized with auspices of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera as the final leg of 18th Anniversary celebrations of Security Force Jaffna (SF-J). Monks headed by Ven. Naramdeniye Dhammawasa thero, Head of Boraluketiya Buddhist centre of Kamburupitiya, Matara chanted pirith on 26th night. Members of Maha Sangha were fetched to the Pirith Octagan in a glamorous procession comprising cultural performances. Ven. Meegahajandure Siriwimala thero of Sri Naga Vihara, Jaffna who welcomed clergy prior to pirith, explained the purpose of the religious function organized by the SF-J. Buddhist monks of Asgiriya and Malwatta maha vihara and various temples and Buddhist centres in the island attended the function.
ANOTHER RULE FOR TAMIL’S
Earlier in the week of May 2014 the military banned all temple events and public gatherings to commemorate the dead, stating that no bells should toll on May 17 and 18. At the Nallur Murugan temple, one of the most important Hindu temples in Jaffna, military personal mingled with Tamil opinion makers and people who gathered to perform religious rituals remembering their dead. As shown by the video footage posted by several Tamil online media, Tamil politicians were abused and removed the coconuts forcibly by a civilian gang. Breaking coconut into shreds in front of temples is an emotional expression of Saiva devotees.
On May 18 Military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya told media that no public remembrance events would be allowed.
Police prevented elected representatives of the Tamil people performing religious activities to remember the dead. Member of the Northern Provincial Council, Mrs. Ananthi Sasitharan, wife of a rebel leader missing since his Tamil Tiger separatists surrendered to the army on May 18, 2009, was not allowed to proceed to Keerimalai Hindu temple on the day and used “abusive language” to stop her.
The office of the leading Tamil daily published in Jaffna the Uthayan, was surrounded by the military and the two entrances leading to the office from the Navalar Road and Kasthuriyar Road were blocked. All those who entered the road were questioned and some people were turned away. Another Tamil daily the Yal Thinakkural office in Jaffna too was blocked by the military.
Even the blood donation campaigns were banned. The Police had instructed the Jaffna hospital not to assist such campaigns. Other hospitals also have been advised not to accept blood donations. The military closed the blood donation centre at Jaffna teaching hospital to prevent people donating blood on the May 18.
Police officials trampled on the floral tributes placed in front of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Secretariat at Kaithadi remembering the dead. As shown by the short video footage posted by online news media Police officers smashed the camphor lamp lit by Tamil political leaders. Police had barricaded the NPC building to prevent politicians entering to have a remembrance event.
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