Police arrests 18 civilians in Kathirkaamam
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 11 July 2007, 11:23 GMT]
Sri Lanka Police, in a cordon and search operation conducted Tuesday from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m in Kathirkaamam area in Uva Province, arrested 18 civilians, including 14 Tamils staying in Kathirkaamam, for not having valid documents to establish their identity, police said.
Kathirkaamam has been a place of pilgrimage and religious sanctity since prehistoric times, being the location of a temple dedicated by Hindus.
German scholar Paul Wirz observed: "One could say that all religions are represented in Kataragama and that all are getting onwell with each other. All ritual differences seem to be resolved out here; all are reconciled with each other and even the feeling of caste is completely forgotten."