4TH LEAD (ADDED VIDEO)

Police, orthodox Muslims clash in Kathankudy, 1 killed, 8 wounded

[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 December 2006, 11:21 GMT]
A Muslim protestor was killed and 8 wounded when Police fired at the protestors Thrusday in Kathankuddy town, in Batticaloa district, which continues to be in turmoil for the eighth consecutive day as police open fire and teargas Thursday to control crowds which have set fire to a police sentry post, four auto rickshaws, four shops and four banks in Kathankudyy town. The orthodox Muslims, engaged in a spate of anger against the Islamic sect Sufi, demand the remains of M. S. Abdul Payilvan, one of the leaders of Sufi sect and the President of All Island Tharikathul Mufliheen, to be removed from Katthankudy soil and buried elsewhere. A police curfew has been imposed in Kathankudy Thursday.



Mohmmathu Musafa Mohammathu Rafik, 38, was killed on the spot in Kathankudy town when police opened fire at the protestors.

At least 25 houses were set on fire by the mob. A number motorcycles were destroyed.

Branches of Ceylan Bank, Hatton National Bank, Bank of Ceylon and People Bank were also damaged in the clashes between the two Islamic factions and the police attempting to control the angered protestors.

Since Thursday last week the orthodox Muslims are observing a Hartal demanding the removal of Payilvan's remains from the Tharikathul Mufliheen Mosque burial grounds in Kathankudy.

Kattankudy
Kattankudy


The Jamiyathul Ulama board, Town council, Mosques and Muslim organisations of Kathankudy had jointly submitted a petition to Batticaloa Courts to order the remains of Payilvan removed from Kathankudy.

Batticaloa court Wednesday ordered the removal of Payilvan's remains from the Tharikathul Mufliheen Mosque burial grounds in Kathankudy, the police said.

Nearly five thousand orthodox Muslims demonstrated in protest against the police for not carrying out the Court's verdict, in front of the Kathankudy Regional Council.

kathankudy
kathankudy


The agitation, growing strong, reached Thursday its heights as enraged orthodox Muslims of Kathankuddy set ablaze a police sentry post, Hatton National Bank, Ceylan Bank, Bank of Ceylon, two shops and four three-wheelers in Kathankudy town, the sources said.

Tyres were burnt on the roads. Buses from Batticaloa to Kalmunai were stopped in front of Kathankudy police station and the buses from Kalmunai and Batticaloa were stopped in front of Araiyampathy Special Task Force of the police.

Though Batticaloa Courts had granted permission to remove the Tharikathul Mufliheen building from Kathankudy, it still remains intact in its original site and is heavily guarded by armed police and army.

Payilvan's grave is guarded by the Special Task Force of the police as Payilvan has donated millions of rupees to the Security Funds of Sri Lanka, orthodox Muslims of Kathankudy alleged.

 

Latest 15 Reports
25.07.16 21:12   Photo
2009 genocide justice not going to come from UNP of 1983 pogrom: Shivajilingam
24.07.16 23:00   Photo
Saiva priests protest against Colombo constructing fishing jetty near Nakulesvaram temple
23.07.16 23:09  
Ethnic discrimination in student enrollment exposes reconciliation farce: Tamil academic
22.07.16 19:47   Photo
Tamil student leaders in Jaffna condemn SL Governor Cooray’s remarks in Colombo
21.07.16 01:26  
University engineers not learning lessons
21.07.16 00:21   Photo
Tamil politicians blame SL Military for enticing Sinhala students with triumphalist chauvinism
20.07.16 16:39   Photo
Tamil fishermen rise up against Colombo's move to permanently militarise Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
20.07.16 15:21   Photo
NPC demands CoI to go beyond criminal investigations on Jaffna University clash
19.07.16 23:15  
Sinhala-Tamil student clash in Jaffna exposes dangerous proportions of military occupation
18.07.16 18:01   Photo
‘SL President sanctioning 67-feet Buddha statue off Jaffna is act of aggression’
17.07.16 23:46  
Eastern University instructs assaulted Tamil student to attend investigations in Colombo
16.07.16 13:37   Photo
SL military-backed Sinhala students clash with Tamil students in Jaffna University
15.07.16 23:51   Photo
Encouraged by US appeasement, SL military strengthens genocidal grip on North
14.07.16 23:52  
SL Commander of 58 Division twists lists at Mullaiththeevu Magistrates’ Court
13.07.16 23:31   Photo
SL military deployed to rob material remains of houses in Valikaamam North ‘HSZ’ 
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=20602