“Trinco district turned into military garrison”- Sampanthan
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 December 2009, 15:30 GMT]
Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance
(TNA) parliamentarian brought to the notice of the parliament that
Trincomalee district is being turned into military garrison day by day
by the Sri Lanka Army and historic Hindu Koayils there are being
desecrated and destroyed to settle Buddhist Sinhalese in traditional Tamil
villages. He cited the recent incident where unidentified
gangs had desecrated the several centuries’- old Sivan Koayil called as
Agasthiyar Thaapanam and located in Kanguveali. He added the said
temple was founded by Hindu sage Agasthiyar. He said the government
agent of the district is a retired Major General in the Sri Lanka Army
and the governor of the eastern province is a retired naval commander.
He accused both are responsible are behind making Trincomalee district
a garrison. He said so while speaking during the debate Tuesday on the
motion to extend the State of Emergency for another month.
Mr.Sampanthan represents the Trincomalee electoral district in Sri Lanka parliament.
He requested the government to stop immediately the militarization of
Trincomalee district and to reduce the extent of land that is brought
under the high security zone to minimum and allow Tamil people to go
back to their villages.