Group Led by Gnanasara Thero in Violation of Court Order

Group Led by Gnanasara Thero in Violation of Court Order Took Body of Dead Buddhist Monk and Cremated it in Premises Specifically Prohibited by Courts While Police Led by SSP Did Nothing Except Prevent Hindu Devotees from Entering Temple Precincts Charges TNA Leader R.Sampanthan in Parliament

By Saman Indrajith

Neeraavi Pillaiyar Temple at Chemmalai in the Mulaitivu District was a site of controversy as the Sinhalese in the area tried to take over a Saivite temple, said TNA leader R Sampanthan in parliament, yesterday.

Making a special statement Sampanthan said that the Buddhist temple Gurukande Viharaya had been forcibly constructed between 2004 and 2009 when no civilian was permitted to visit the area.

MP Sampanthan said: “More recently an attempt was made to restore that temple. This led to unrest in that area between the people who are all non-Buddhists and the monks who had come there. Upon this matter being reported to the relevant Magistrate, an order was made prohibiting the reconstruction of the temple. The Chief incumbent of the temple filed an application in the Provincial High Court of the Northern Province district of Vavuniya and the matter is still pending.”

Stating the events that had taken place at the disputed location which recently led to a clash between the two groups, the TNA leader said, “In the meantime, on or about 21st September, 2019 the Chief Priest of the Gurukanda Raja Maha Viharaya passed away in Colombo after taking ill. The Mulaithivu Police filed intimation in the Magistrate’s Court in Mulaithivu stating inter alia that

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