"Stop constructing Buddhist shrines in Tamil villages"-TNA MP
[TamilNet, Thursday, 08 July 2004, 17:06 GMT]
"The construction of Buddhist Vihares on lands in traditional Tamil
villages in the Trincomalee district would cause serious impact on the
current peace process and would disturb the mutual understanding and
co-existence that prevails among various communities in the district," said
Trincomalee District Tamil National Alliance
(TNA) parliamentarian Mr.K.Thurairetnasingham in a letter to the Sri
Lanka's President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge.
"A Buddhist Vihare is being constructed in a predominantly Tamil village
Vilankulam which is located between Trincomalee and Thampalakamam on
Trinco-Kandy highway where there is no trace or evidence to show the
existence of a Sinhala settlement or a Buddhist shrine. The construction is
being done despite vehement protest by Tamils and their elected
representatives," Mr.Thurairatnesingham pointed out to Ms Chandrika
Kumaratunge by his letter.
Mr.Thurairatnesingham brought to the President another incident where
preparations are underway to built a Buddhist shrine on a piece land
allocated to a Tamil allottee 34 years ago in Palampoddar village under the
Land Development Ordinance, just in front of the historical Paththini Amman
Temple. For the construction of this Vihare, authorities have decided to
acquire an acre of the five-acre plot allotted to a Tamil farmer Mr.
Varathalingam three decades ago despite protests by elected Tamil
representatives, Mr.Thurairatnesingham pointed out in his letter.
He appealed to the President to take immediate steps to stop constructing
new Buddhist shrines in predominantly Tamil villages in the Trincomalee
Mr.Thurairatnesingham has sent copies of this letter to the Prime Minister,
Minister of Lands, Trincomalee District Government Agent, Provincial
Secretary of Lands and Provincial Land Commissioner.