The incident evoked robust reactions from Indian leaders, together with Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and DMK President M Okay Stalin, who termed the incident as a giant shock
A Tamil battle memorial was destroyed in Sri Lanka which has enraged the native Tamil inhabitants. Twitter @TamilGuardian
A Tamil battle memorial in Jaffna University was destroyed by the authorities in Sri Lanka, triggering protests by college students and group teams and evoking robust reactions from Indian leaders who termed the incident as a giant shock.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jaffna Professor Sivakolundu Srisatkunarajah ordered the removing of the monument on Friday night time amid heavy police presence.
The monument was established in 2019 within the University of Jaffna in reminiscence of the civilian Tamils killed in Mullivaikkal in one of many bloody episodes of the island nation’s final leg of the three-decade previous battle in 2009.
Tamil teams accused the federal government of destroying the battle memorial to recollect the Tamils. They stated that the navy bulldozed the memorial utilizing heavy equipment, terming it a high-handed political act to harm Tamil sentiments.
“This is a deliberate provocative act knowing well that memorials are to do with emotions,” S Sritharan, a Tamil legislator stated.
A bunch of scholars protested by staging a sit-in, resulting in arrests of two college students. They have been later launched on bail.
The gates of the college have been closed as tons of of scholars gathered exterior the varsity protesting towards the demolition, together with Jaffna Mayor Vishwalingam Maniwannan, the Colombo Gazette reported.
The incident evoked robust reactions from Indian leaders, together with Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and DMK President M Okay Stalin, who termed the incident as a giant shock.
Palaniswami stated the demolition has pushed Tamils the world over into ‘grief’ and blamed the Sri Lankan authorities for bringing it down.
“It comes as a big shock that the memorial pillar, set up in memory of university students and people killed mercilessly in Mullivaikkal in the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka has been demolished overnight,” the chief minister stated in a tweet.
Panneerselvam additionally took to Twitter to strongly condemn the demolition and stated it got here at a time when efforts have been on to make sure justice for the ‘hordes’ of Tamil civilians killed within the “Ealam war.”
Stalin, whereas slamming the incident, needed India to sentence the demolition.
Meanwhile, Sampath Amaratunge, Chairman of the University Grants Commission, stated that the Vice-Chancellor of Jaffna University determined to take away the monument on Friday night time because it was a risk to the unity within the nation.
“The vice chancellor had taken the decision to remove the memorial. The students who are currently in the university were only 9-10 years old when the war ended.
We have to protect all children. It is not war memorials which we need right now, all we want now are monuments of peace,” Amaratunga stated.
He stated that there are over 1,000 Sinhalese college students within the Jaffna University and several other Tamil college students from the North finding out in universities within the South, the Colombo Gazette reported.
They reside in widespread hostel amenities. They take part in widespread lectures, widespread sports activities occasions and different actions. As a rustic we’re lucky that these college students have been accountable to expertise no points at these universities, he was quoted as saying by the dailymirror.lk.
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