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Restoration of Tamil Heroes Cemeteries should start from Trincomalee: Maaveerar families

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 10:32 GMT]
The occupying Sinhala military, which was being trained by the United States Indo-Pacific Command at Trincomalee, desecrated the Tamil Heroes Cemetery at Aalang-ku'lam in Champoor, Trincomalee last year. It is preparing to do the same also this year, the families of war dead Tamil fighters said. “How could the militaries, which claim as belonging to civilised world order, collaborate with the Sinhala military, which razed our Heroes cemeteries to the ground and continues to desecrate the Thuyilum Illams,” asked a Tamil father from Champoor in Trincomalee. The Tamil diaspora in the West should first get its host countries to respect the Tamil Heroes when they land in Trincomalee and set an example for reconciliation, the Tamil families in Champoor said.

The SL military was using armoured vehicles and was threatening people on 27 November 2018.

The desecration continues even today.

Earlier this month, a group of Sinhala civil officials from the District Secretariat in Trincomalee came all the way to Champoor on a Sunday to warn the families from cleaning Heroes’ Resting place at Aalang-ku'lam, where more than 800 LTTE fighters lay buried along with his sons, the father said.

Lt Murali funeral
LTTE officials and cadres attending a funeral of a LTTE cadre in Alankulam Heroes Cemetery [Library Photo]

The group was falsely citing that the land-owners of the cemetery had reclaimed the lands. The Maaveerar families said the land-owners had no objection. It is regarded as a holy land by all Tamils, the families said.

SL Policemen from Champoor accompanied the Sinhala group. SL military intelligence is behind the move, the people in Champoor say.

The harbour of Trincomalee has been frequented by the warships of the USA, Japan and India in recent times.

The occupying Sinhala military razed all the burial stones and structures at Aalang-ku'lam to the ground 12 years ago on 25 November 2006.

If the civil actors of occupying Colombo or the SL military continue with desecrations, intimidations and threats, the parents of war-dead Tamil heroes would be mobilised to demand justice from the external powers that uphold the wrong paradigm in the island, the families warned.

“Our right to clean and conserve Maaveerar Thuyilum Illams should be made an inalienable fundamental democratic right during our lifetime,” the father of two sons who lie buried at Aalang-ku'lam said.

Aalang-ku'lam is the district's largest Heroes Cemetery where hero stone of Major Ganesh, a senior LTTE commander who died in a battle with the SLA in 1986 and the tomb of Lt. Col. Kunchan, were located, the Political Head of LTTE in Trincomalee, Elilan, told TamilNet in 2006.

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