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Civilians allowed to visit seven Hindu temples in Jaffna High Security Zone

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Jaffna, Feb 25 (Daily Mirror) - The Sri Lanka Army has announced the granting of permission for the public to visit seven Hindu temples (Kovils) situated within the high-security zone under the jurisdiction of the Security Forces Headquarters in Jaffna.

Under this decision, civilians will be permitted to participate in weekly poojas and other associated rituals at the Kaduwan Muttumari Amman Kovil, Vasavilan Manampirai Kovil, Visavilan Shivam Kovil, Vasavilan Naga Kovil, Palali Raja Rajeswari Kovil, Palali Naga Thampilan Kovil and Palali Shaktiveli Murugan Kovil.

The Army said that this decision was made in response to numerous requests from temple trustees and civil organizations.

Previously, permissions were limited to monthly and special poojas at these kovil premises.


  Comments - 18

  • Thamilan Sunday, 25 February 2024 08:36 PM

    Definitely election is coming….

    Saratb Sunday, 25 February 2024 10:24 PM

    15 years after the war we still have this racial discrimination against the minorities. What type of reconciliation have we achieved so far...it's for UNHCR attention.

    Anura Jayantha Sunday, 25 February 2024 08:51 PM

    Why do you have these zones now if there is peace in this country. This is discrimination and creates divisions among communities and the armed forces which our country does not need any more..

    Shelliah Sunday, 25 February 2024 10:39 PM

    its true good question, politics playing field for our innocent working class doesn't know what happenning. dividding and rulling is making money and comfort for politicians. is a sad making our country poor and poor. we have all the resource but we are poor.

    Hello hello Monday, 26 February 2024 04:56 AM

    The armed forces should be sent to the estates to plug tea.

    Restriction to protect Tamil lives and property Monday, 26 February 2024 06:44 AM

    Are you asking this question for imposing limits on temple visits or for removing limits to facilitate temple visits? You know the reasons for imposing restrictions; Now you know the reason for removing these restrictions!

    A Sri Lankan joke - high security ! Sunday, 25 February 2024 10:00 PM

    I entirely agree with Anura Jayantha. Replace the army with police stations. Standard security provided by the police is more than adequate.

    Phillip Monday, 26 February 2024 12:28 AM

    War ended 15 years ago. Still the armed forces occupy the civilian lands . We can't even travel on the main road from Atchuvely to Vasavilan . Army is holding onto lands belongs to people of these area and growing vegetables. How can someone call these as security area, when all the lands surrounding some army camps ( civilian lands ) are occupied and lived by civilians

    Punchi Monday, 26 February 2024 03:41 AM

    The entire Tamil area is a high security zone in order to perpetuate our domination on our unfortunate minorities. It is so sad we are unable to extend this to Tamils living overseas that have mistakenly left our most bountiful and civilised paradise

    Mahinda Senadeera Monday, 26 February 2024 04:43 AM

    "which our country does not need any more"???

    YLG Monday, 26 February 2024 05:23 AM

    Didn't know they even existed.

    Sobers Monday, 26 February 2024 05:41 AM

    It is rather shocking and disgusting to note that certain communities are avoided to practice or worship in their temples. It is more than 12 years since the war was over. Sheer politics which is rather disgraceful.

    Sobers Monday, 26 February 2024 05:49 AM

    It's 12 years since the costly war was over. Rather saddening to note thar certain communities do not have the privilege of having their basic human rights. These are the issues, which corner Sri lanka, when it comes to human rights violation. Political leadership to be blamed.

    Sobers Monday, 26 February 2024 05:56 AM

    Rather shocking and disappointing that certain communities are being deprived of their basic rights. It is twelve years since the costly war was over. Violation of human rights, These are the reasons why the government gets cornered globally. Politicians should be blamed.

    Udage Monday, 26 February 2024 06:45 AM

    There shouldn't be HSZs any more. Let people to live without fear, access to their religious places. Even British times there were no such zones. Leonard Woolf says main characteristic in their rule is No military presence.

    Dan Monday, 26 February 2024 08:09 AM

    They had to wait till the elections to provide this 'permission' for Tamils to visit their own Kovils.

    Nimal Monday, 26 February 2024 11:26 AM

    A sure sign that elections are round the corner. People should not be deceived by this "chanda gundu". Even the electricity tariffs are to be brought to what they were about 6 months ago when this sordid minister started running amok.

    VJ Monday, 26 February 2024 04:51 PM

    Did the army maintain these premises during their occupation? The change is most welcome though it could have come much earlier.


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