Lt. Col. Thileepan memorial re-opened in Nallur
[TamilNet, Monday, 25 August 2003, 17:53 GMT]
The reconstructed memorial of the late senior leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Lt.Col. Thileepan, was declared open Monday evening in Nallur, Jaffna town. The memorial was destroyed by Sri Lanka Army troops in 1996 when the SLA captured the peninsula.
Now after seven years, the memorial has been reconstructed at the same site. The memorial is located in front of the Jaffna Hindu Rest along Jaffna-Point Pedro road close to the historic Nallur Kandasamy temple, sources said.
Former Jaffna Municipal Commissioner, Mr.C.V.K.Sivagnanam, presided over the event.
The Nallur division LTTE political head, Mr.Easwaran, the Jaffna District Co-operatives Federation President, Mr.P.Kanagasabapathy, Jaffna university lecturer Mr. Soosai Ananthan, National Resurgence Forum President Mr. Solomon Cyril, and Mr.Kannan of International Thamileelam Students Forum lit the common flame of sacrifice, sources said.
The Jaffna district LTTE political head, Mr.C.Ilamparuthi, hoisted the Thamileelam national flag and the Thileepan memorial was unveiled by Mr.P.Sellathurai, father of the late Lt. Col. Thooyavan, who was LTTE's political headin the Jaffna district . Mr.M.Ratnasingham, who was the father of LTTE martyr Captain Roshan, lit the flame of sacrifice, sources said.
Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians, Messrs. A.Vinayagamoorthy and M.K.Sivajilingam, garlanded the photograph of Thileepan, sources said.
Messrs. Sivagnanam, Vinayagamoorthy and Sivajilingam, Mr.Ilamparuthi and Tamil author Mr.Sembian Selvan spoke at the event.
Monitors of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission were seen at the site, taking photographs of the LTTE flag hoisted at the event, TamilNet sources in Jaffna said. Several Sri Lanka Army officials were also present at the site where the event was held, the sources said.
Reconstructed Thyagi Thileepan memorial. People are paying homage while former Jaffna Municipal Commissioner Mr.Sivagnanam presides.
LTTE Jaffna district political head Mr.Ilamparuthi hoisting the Thamileelam national flag
Mr.Ratnasingham lit the flame of sacrifice at the Thileepan memorial.
TNA parliamentarian Mr.Vinyagamoorthy seen garlanding the photo of Thileepan.
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