A new military headquarters in northern Sri Lanka has been built on the site of a Tamil Tiger graveyard earlier flattened by the army, it has emerged.
The construction has come in for sharp criticism. The army says it was allocated the plot as government land and that it was unaware of "unhappiness" over the site.
The Tamil Tigers departed from Hindu traditions of cremation and built large graveyards which experts say was part of a cult of martyrdom.
In May 2009 government forces defeated Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate homeland. More than 70,000 people are estimated to have died in Sri Lanka's civil war which lasted for 26 years.
The army website has a full illustrated account of Friday's opening of the new headquarters for the 51 Division near Jaffna.
The website said it was declared open "amidst religious rites and rituals".
But it did not mention that on the same spot there used to stand a cemetery built by Tamil Tiger militants but destroyed by the army last year.
Tamil nationalists have already criticised the destruction of other Tiger graveyards in past years.
A former MP, MK Shivajilingam, said he was shocked because there were about 2,000 bodies of Tiger fighters on the site and there had been twice that number of memorial stones.
"How can the government build national reconciliation like this?" he said.
But army Chief Jagath Jayasuriya told the BBC that having vacated its temporary premises in a Jaffna hotel, the 51 Division had to move to government land.
He said the military had been allocated this site which was owned by the prisons department, and he was "not aware of people expressing unhappiness".
Last year the government demolished the ancestral house of the late Tamil Tiger leader, Prabhakaran.
It says its policy is to wipe out any trace of the Tigers and ensure that their violence is forgotten.
It has however built several memorials to fallen government soldiers.
rosh Tuesday, 08 March 2011 06:04 AM
every one talks lions ! wat if the tigers win then we would have be only in history books. ????
kosala Tuesday, 08 March 2011 07:31 AM
animals don't need cemeteries
anpan Tuesday, 08 March 2011 07:04 AM
Even some animals respect their dead ones !!
Nath Ranasinghe Tuesday, 08 March 2011 07:03 AM
There are no Heros in LTTE, they are terrorists and traitors to the nation. So why any monument?
Ranjith BG Tuesday, 08 March 2011 06:29 AM
Come on Vasu and JVP tell something. Good time before election. Tamil votes.
Sinhaya Tuesday, 08 March 2011 06:24 AM
Athula Tuesday, 08 March 2011 07:43 AM
Bunker to Bunker , Bullet to Bullet , Bombs to Bombs Cyanide to Cyanide Ash to Ash , Dust to Dust, do not Rise even If Possible
kenny_fdo Tuesday, 08 March 2011 06:06 AM
its just promoting hatred. we are going backwards in finding a political solution. damn shame.
stupido Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:56 AM
should wipe out all kinds of terrorists whether its from north of south. Good for all peace loving sri lankans
stupido Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:52 AM
should wipe out all kinds of terrorist whether its from north or south. good for all peace loving srilankan
Calm Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:51 AM
The GOSL has no respect for dead souls and/or the sentiments of the Tamils. It cannot being about reconciliation and harmony in this manner Day by day the situation is going from bad to worse.
Athula Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:12 AM
BBC - Koti hada nawatha vikashanaya arabaye !
Athula Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:59 AM
This should be in Falklands
mike Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:15 PM
oh God then those Tamils hv supported terrorist? we want to know da people who are hurt by this to hurt them more
Observer Tuesday, 08 March 2011 11:11 AM
If there is 40000 "terrorists" withn 2 mil. people. Then there is a serious problem in that country.
Pawlpakse Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:52 AM
What else can be an ideal location than this?
Athula Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:42 AM
Suicide carders in space no more sky scrapers in S.L
bash Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:58 AM
Some for forcefully joined and buried here against the wishes of their loved ones, no respect for those victims then????
Sam Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:49 AM
Ha?? not sure why BBC make this headlines when LTTE has committed most inhumane acts we can ever imagine.
lucky Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:32 AM
BBC head office should be converted to a tamil tiger memorial
Wimal_Modawansa Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:23 AM
Agreed.Arm chair communal critics should be wiped out first.
namal Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:18 AM
There is so much hatred in this country.
MangoFriend Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:12 AM
hey true human - do i need you to remind you of LTTE atrocities? They are not human judging by the things they did. They don't deserve to be treated as humans,
Yehiya-Doha Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:29 AM
First we should think fairly. Then can yeild.
chris abey Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:51 AM
.Most of the comments seem to condoning this act.In the USA,after civil war graves of the enemy still exist. Even the great King Dutugemunu would never have done such an act.
We will never have true peace .
ajith Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:48 AM
Government is 100% right.
They have no right to rest in peace in Srilanka as they destroyed her for the last 3 decades.
This is a good lesson for the younger generation.
ind Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:44 AM
Yakata baya nam Sohone Gewal Hadai da?
arafath Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:43 AM
Goov move.. .. If no use, no need.
Daya Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:43 AM
Should we respect to terrorists...?? No way.....!!!!!!! If GoSL demolished a graveyard of innocent tamil citizens... it is wrong... in deed.... but this case is different....
Raymond Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:41 AM
In death once again we become one...There is no LTTE or Politicians...just dust.
Paul Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:31 AM
Only idiots can be happy at this kind of news.
Jonathan Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:48 AM
Very good move. Ltte should not be a part of the history nor the people who support it.
Ex Army Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:05 AM
There is nothing wrong with it . Terrorist graveyard was destroyed way back in 1996. What ever Army does up in the north will not be appreciated by some segment of the public. At least Army is moving out fromthe private properties.
Wimal_Modawansa Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:10 AM
This is Sri Lanka.The next step is to sell these grave yards to foreign hotels.
arj Tuesday, 08 March 2011 03:06 AM
LTTE, BBC what' that? a soap operah?
Adaraya Soya Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:58 AM
Good Move. Why to keep these bloody terrorists grave yard?
Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:49 AM
Good one to make sure that the Tiger ghosts do not get up from their graves and roam again!
Diyasena Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:28 AM
This is Great move. LTTE and puppet BBC should know that theres nothing belongs to LTTE in this Island.
true human Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:25 AM
This is how we respect each other. and this is the true democracy we have now. no body can speak about any thing.
milliband Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:21 AM
Good move by GOSL. Should wipe out all the traces of LTTE.
Athula Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:59 AM
Good Move yet clear all land mines in proximity . Sinners did not spare the religious stautues
Nimal Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:05 AM
This is not USA! GAY is not accepted too :P. if you think in such mentality, do you need SL Gov to start Guantanamo? for LTTE detainees? then?
CEEDEEBEE Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:57 AM
Disgusting, but typical - the conquering 'Hero'!!!!!!!!!!! my $%^&
tinku Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:04 AM
Tigers are not Heros, they are terrorist....even BBC admits it....so why have memorials of terrorist....??
dhiga Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:02 AM
Govt. should avoid unneccessory mistakes like this. This will hurt the feelings of many Tamils.
Konde bendapu china Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:01 AM
Peace with Tamil people in Sri LankaYes,But Tamil diaspora No
Ezhilini Tuesday, 08 March 2011 05:00 AM
Typical Sri Lankan mentality. Shame these people following a religion which teaches peace and politeness.
Aruna Tuesday, 08 March 2011 02:08 AM
We rise. you fall!
Sam.Samarasinghe Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:58 AM
Like to know Vasu "sahodaraya's" opinion !
Ezhilini Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:56 AM
Daya, The samg SL govt made Innocent Tamils,so called terrorists.
Godaya Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:40 AM
Good to wipe out all traces of LTTE. At the same time should wipe out all communal cries which created the three-decade war. Don't forget it.
henry Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:40 AM
The land belongs to GOSL, Not LTTE, So what the big fuss ??? good move.
ajith Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:46 AM
Who cares USA,they are not deserved as examples.Their time is overtaken by other up coming nations.its a mere name only.
Darwin Tuesday, 08 March 2011 04:04 AM
Coming color no good.
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