April 19, 2014
Hambantota mob attack: UNP MPs to raise privilege issues against Police

Hambantota mob attack: UNP MPs to raise privilege issues against Police 


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RYogarajan-April 18, 2014,

by Zacki Jabbar The Five UNP MPs who were attacked by mobs When they visited the UPFA & Collectibles Music Mattala Airport and Port, On the ‘invitation’ of the Government to raise Privilege issues are On Thursday against the Police for Failing to provide them with security.


R. Yogarajan, one of the legislators who came under attack, told The Island yesterday that when parliament resumes sittings on April 24, he along with MP’s Ajith P. Perera, Eran Wickremaratne, Nalin Bandara and Ajith Manapperuma, would individually table privilege motions against the Hambantota police HQI and ASP for doing nothing while they were pushed, abused, threatened and pelted with stones, rotten eggs and tomatoes, by two UPFA mobs, each numbering over a 100 persons.

"There is photographic evidence showing the Hambantota Police HQI and his men smiling, while we were being attacked," he said.

The MP said that when they were returning to Colombo after having visited the Mattala airport and the Hambantota port, they spotted the Hambantota HQI and some of his men following them in a jeep. “So Eran Wickremeratne got off our bus and beckoned the jeep to stop, but the HQI ignored us and drove off. Even though the Police did not provide security, the media team that accompanied us did their utmost by forming human shields around us, but it was of no avail due to the sheer numbers in the mob. “

Yogarajan, thanked the authorities at both the Mattala airport and Hambantota port for facilitating their visits and endeavouring to answer all questions to the best of their ability.

April 19, 2014
Buddhist monk assaulted in Elpitiya dies of injuries

The Chief Incumbent of the Saranankara Temple in Elpitiya, Wettewe Pagnnakeerthi Thero, who was being treated for stab wounds for over a month at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, has succumbed to injuries today.

The Buddhist monk was hospitalised with critical injuries on March 15 after being attacked by an individual wielding a sharp object. 

He was admitted to the Elpitiya Base Hospital and later transferred to the Karapitiya (Teaching) Hospital, where he passed away this morning after undergoing treatment for over a month. 

Another Buddhist monk from the same temple, located at 9th Mile Post in Elpitiya, was arrested and remanded over the incident while Elpitiya Police are conducting further investigations.
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April 19, 2014
KP still on the Interpol red list

KP still on the Interpol red list

 Saturday, 19 April 2014 
kpFormer LTTE arms procurer and head of the Tiger international wing Kumaran Padmanathan alias KP is still on the Interpol red list, the media has reported.
It was earlier reported in the media that KP’s name was taken off the list, but the Interpol website continues to carry his name in the list.
KP is wanted by India over the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
KP was one of the top LTTE officials and ran a global network of LTTE offices which were engaged in its weapons procurement, logistics and money laundering operations.
Initially based in Malaysia, where he set up a shipping company in 1987, he was forced to move out after the Malaysian Special Branch cracked down on LTTE activities in the country in 1990, culminating in the seizure of an LTTE ship the same year. He then moved to Thailand, which became a safe haven for the LTTE. There he established himself as the head of banking, procurement and shipping for the LTTE. He is believed to have obtained citizenship of Thailand.
KP was subsequently arrested and brought to Sri Lanka and is currently working with the government and involved in humanitarian work in the north.

 

April 19, 2014
Gwynne Dyer: Stupidity in action in Ukraine

Gwynne Dyer: Stupidity in action in Ukraine

IT’S ALL too  Easy to Imagine the high-level Meeting in Kyiv where the Ukrainian Government decided Its Next Move On. It probably sounded a bit like this: “Very well, gentlemen, we are agreed on our strategy for dealing with the Russians. First we will figure out exactly what they are trying to force us to do. And then we’ll do it. “

April 19, 2014
Japan risks angering China with military expansion

Japan risks angering China with military expansion

Planned construction of radar station near Taiwan is latest twist in row over disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands
Japan’s defence minister, Itsunori Onodera (centre) inspects the ground for a military lookout station. Photograph: Kyodo / Reuters
Japan's defence minister, Itsunori OnoderaThe Guardian homeSaturday 19 April 2014
Japan  began in Its First Military expansion More than 40 years On Saturday, breaking a radar station Ground On Off On a Tropical Island Taiwan to resist China ’s claims of Ownership of West Islands. 
Move the various risks angering China, which in Dispute with Japan over the Senkaku Islands  - known in China As the Diaoyu Islands - which they both claim.
The Japanese defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to other islands in the seas south-west of Japan’s main islands.
"This is the first deployment since the US returned Okinawa in 1972 and calls for us to be more on guard are growing," Onodera said. "I want to build an operation able to properly defend islands that are part of Japan’s territory."
The military radar station on Yonaguni, part of a longstanding plan to improve defence and surveillance, gives Japan a lookout just 93 miles from the Japanese-held islands claimed by China.
Building the base could extend Japanese monitoring to the Chinese mainland and track Chinese ships and aircraft circling the disputed crags.
The decision by Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to put troops on Yonanguni shows Japan’s concerns about the vulnerability of its thousands of islands and the perceived threat from China.
The new base “should give Japan the ability to expand surveillance to near the Chinese mainland,” said Heigo Sato, a professor at Takushoku University and a former researcher at the National Institute for Defence Studies. “It will allow early warning of missiles and supplement the monitoring of Chinese military movements.”
Japan does not specify an exact enemy when discussing its defence strategy but it makes no secret it perceives China generally as a threat as it becomes an Asian power that could one day rival Japan’s ally in the region, the United States.
Japan, in its national defence programme guidelines issued in December, expressed “great concern” over China’s military buildup and “attempts to change the status quo by coercion” in the sea and air.
China’s decision last year to establish an air-defence identification zone in the East China Sea, including the skies above the disputed Senkaku / Diaoyu islets, further rattled Tokyo.
Japanese and Chinese navy and coastguard ships have played cat-and-mouse around the uninhabited islands since Japan nationalised the territory in 2012. Japanese warplanes scrambled against Chinese planes a record 415 times in the year through to March, the defence ministry said last week.
The United States, which under its security pact with Tokyo has pledged to defend Japanese territory, has warned China about taking any action over the disputed islets, but has not formally recognised Japan’s claim of sovereignty over the territory.
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April 19, 2014
French journalists freed: ‘It’s nice to see the sky’

French journalists freed: ‘It’s nice to see the sky’

Saturday  19 APRIL 2014
Channel 4 NewsFour French journalists held hostage in Syria since June last year are found blindfolded and with their hands tied, by soldiers on the Turkish border.
French journalists Pierre Torres (L) and Nicolas Henin (R)
Photo: French journalists Pierre Torres (L) and Nicolas Henin (R)
French President François Hollande said the Four were in “good Health” , eases the very gruelling Their conditions of captivity, and added that they would be taken to France Within hours.
Health checks at the Turkish border after undergoing Town of Akcakale, smiling at the Four Cameras were filmed at a Hospital before being driven away. 
Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Edouard Elias and Didier Francois were found in Sanliurfa province blindfolded with their hands bound, Dogan News Agency reported.
Mr Francois said they had just come from Syria and were hoping to get back to France soon: “We are happy to be free and thank you very much; I mean, we thank to the Turkish authorities because they really helped us.
"It is very nice to see the sky, to be able to walk, to speak freely and I am really happy."
In a statement, President Hollande said : “I share the joy of the Families of our compatriots who have endured … the fear of trying this Time,”
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Dogan reported that the journalists had been kidnapped by the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but that an unknown group had brought them to the Turkish border on Friday night.
The four went missing in two separate incidents in June last year. Mr Francois, a veteran war correspondent working for Europe 1 radio, and Mr Elias, a photographer, were abducted in early June on their way to Aleppo.
Mr Henin, who was working for Le Point magazine and Mr Torres, reporting for French-German television channel Arte, were taken later that month.
Press freedom advocate group Reporters Without Borders has said that Syria is “the most dangerous country in the world” for journalists.

April 19, 2014

South Korea ferry disaster: ‘Survivor’ 
 
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD / ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police said late on Thursday that all messages claiming to have been sent from the sunken ferry Sewol after it went down at noon on Wednesday appear fabricated.
Investigators secured mobile phone numbers of some 271 people that are still missing from Wednesday’s fatal sinking and analysed the records, according to the Cyber ​​Terror Response Center of the National Police Agency. They found that none of the phones had been used since noon on the day of the accident.
Police analysed the phone calls, text and other messages possibly sent from mobile messengers. “We’ve checked over 300 phones, since some people owned more than one phone.”
Hours after the ship capsized, people started claiming that they received messages from the survivors supposedly barricaded inside the doomed ferry, begging for help.
Family members of passengers missing on the overturned South Korean ferry Sewol, react at the port in Jindo on April 17, 2014. Police said late on Thursday that all messages claiming to have been sent from the sunken ferry Sewol after it went down at noon on Wednesday appear fabricated. - PHOTO: REUTERS
Police probe, however, found that none of them had been sent from the sunken ship. One of the fake messages was sent from a phone owned by a fifth grader in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province.
The Science Ministry cautioned against text message scams that used the tragic accident to lure victims.
As of 10am local time on Friday, a total of 25 have been confirmed dead among the 475 people aboard Sewol. Some 271 people were still unaccounted for.
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April 19, 2014
Narendra Modi: India’s saviour, or sectarian with blood on his

Narendra Modi: India’s saviour, or sectarian with blood on his 

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Narendra Modi, leader of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party. Photograph: Kevin Frayer
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. Admittedly, this is not a large sample: IT consists of Newspapers in My groceries and small shopkeepers who sell a FEW Part of North London. Nor IT is a very balanced sample: MANY like small shopkeepers in Britain, they have All Their origins in the State of Gujarat and they are, I think, by Hindu Tradition observance if not. In OTHER words, they share Modi’s Language, customs and religious Identity and, like him, believe that will deliver a better Entrepreneurship and Future Work hard. 

April 18, 2014
கிளிநொச்சியில் இராணுவத்தினரின் நில அபகரிப்பால் வீட்டுத்திட்ட நடவடிக்கைகள் பாதிப்பு!

கிளிநொச்சியில் இராணுவத்தினரின் நில அபகரிப்பால் வீட்டுத்திட்ட நடவடிக்கைகள் பாதிப்பு!

குளோபல் தமிழச் செய்திகளின் விசேட செய்தியாளர் - 2ஆம் இணைப்பு:-

புகைப்படம்: கிளிநொச்சி சிவபுரம்:-
கிளிநொச்சியில் இராணுவத்தினரின் நில அபகரிப்பால் வீட்டுத்திட்ட நடவடிக்கைகள் பாதிப்பு!17-04-2014 - 19:14am
கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்டத்தில் முன்னெடுக்கப்பட்டு வரும் வீட்டு திட்ட நடவடிக்கை பாதிக் கட்டத்தையும் தாண்டவில்லை என்று தெரிவிக்கப்படுகிறது. கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்ட அரசாங்க அதிபர் ரூபவதி கேதீஸ்வரன் தலைமையில் கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்ட அரச அதிபர் அலுவலகத்தில் இன்று நடந்த கலந்துரையாடலில் இந்த விடயம் விவாதிக்கப்பட்டது.

கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்டத்திற்கு ஏழாயிரம் வீடுகள் இந்திய வீட்டுத்திட்டுத் திட்டத்தில் ஒதுக்கப்பட்டன. அவற்றில் இதுவரையில் மூவாயிரம் வீடுகளே கட்டப்பட்டுள்ளன என்று தெரிவித்த கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்ட அரச அதிபர் அவற்றில் பல வீடுகள் இன்னமும் கட்டி முடிக்கப்படாத நிலையில் உள்ள என்றும் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

வீட்டுத்திட்ட நடவடிக்கையில் பல்வேறு அரசியல்கள் காணப்படுவதினால் தொடர்ந்தும் இடையூறுகளைத் தாண்டியே நடவடிக்கைகள் தொடர்வதாக கிராம அலுவலர்கள் குறிப்பிடுகின்றனர். குறிப்பாக இலங்கை அரச படைகள் முன்னெடுக்கும் நில அபகரிப்பின் காரணமாகவே வீட்டுத்திட்ட நடவடிக்கைகள் தாமதமாவதாக தெரிவிக்கப்படுகிறது.

இராணுவத்தினர் வீட்டுத்திட்ட காலத்தில் காணிகளை அபகரிக்கும் நோக்குடன் மக்களை பிரச்சினைகளுக்கு உள்ளாக்கி வருவதாக கூறப்படுகிறது. சில அரச அதிகாரிகள் இராணுவத்தினரதும் அரசியல்வாதிகளினதும் இந்த நடவடிக்கைக்கு ஒத்துழைத்து மக்களை நெருக்கடிக்குள் தள்ளுவதாகவும் பெயர் குறிப்பிட விரும்பாத அரச அதிகாரி ஒருவர் குளோபலுக்குத் தெரிவித்தார்.

இராணுவத்தினர் கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்டத்தில் உள்ள சில கிராமங்களையும் நகரத்தை அண்டிய சில கிராமங்களின் சில பகுதிகளையும் தமக்கு வழங்க வேண்டும் என்று அரச அதிகாரிகளிடம் கேட்டுள்ளனர். இதனால் குறித்த காணிகளை இராணுவத்திற்காக அபகரிக்க அரச அதிகாரிகள் சில காரணங்களை சொல்லி வருகின்றனர்.

சலசலப்புக்களைத் தாண்டியே வீட்டுத்திட்ட நடவடிக்கைகள் முன்னெடுக்கப்பட்டு வருவதாக தெரிவிக்கப்படுகிறது. கிளிநொச்சிப் பகுதியில் மிள்குடியேற்ற நடவடிக்கைகள் தொடங்கப்பட்டு நான்கு வருடங்கள் ஆகின்றமை குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது. நகரை அண்டிய சில இடங்களிலும்கூட இன்னமும் வீடுகள் அமைத்துக்கொடுக்கப்படவில்லை.

தொடர்ந்தும் கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்டத்தின் பல பகுதிகளில் மக்கள் தற்காலிக கூடாரங்களில் வசித்து வருகின்றனர். இந்த கூடாரங்கள் மக்கள் வசிக்க ஒகந்ததலல்ல என்றும் அதனால் நோய்கள் ஏற்படும் என்றும் குறித்த வீடுகளை அமைத்த தொண்டு நிறுவனங்கள் தெரிவித்திருந்தமையை அண்மையில் குளோபல் தமிழ் செய்திகள் வெளியிட்டிருந்தது.

வீட்டுத்திட்ட பிரச்சினைகளை தீர்த்து விரைவில் வீடுகளை அமைத்து முடிக்க வேண்டும் என்று இன்றைய கலந்துரையாடலில் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டது. திட்டத்தில் ஒதுக்கப்பட்ட நிதியில் சிக்கனமாகவும் விரைவாகவும் வீடுகள் கட்டி முடிக்கப்பட வேண்டும் என்று கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்ட அரச அதிபர் தெரிவித்தார்.

அத்துடன் விரைவில் அடுத்த கட்ட பயனாளிகளுக்கான வீட்டுத்திட்டம் தொடங்கப்படும் எனவும் அவர் குறிப்பிட்டார். 

April 18, 2014
SRI LANKA: Nine people illegally arrested, detained and laid with fabricated charges

SRI LANKA: Nine people illegally arrested, detained and laid with fabricated charges


April 17, 2014
Dear friends,
AHRC LogoThe Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a group of nine men were arrested by the Matale police at the instigation of the Superintendent of the Hunnasgiriya Estate. The incident occurred after a group of men protested at the office of the superintendent who had earlier assaulted a man for collecting firewood. The superintendent appeared to be inebriated at the time of the assault. Several of the men who were subsequently arrested were not even present at the time. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.
CASE NARRATIVE:

April 18, 2014
GTAJ condemns the attack on the journalist Sivagnam Selvatheepan in Jaffna

GTAJ condemns the attack on the journalist Sivagnam Selvatheepan in Jaffna

 Friday, 18 April 2014
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gtag logo Selvatheepan  was beaten with iron rods by two unknown persons travelling on a motorcycle in the northern most Vallaiveli causing grievous injuries to the journalist.

 Mr. Selvatheepan is a reporter for some of the northern regional newspapers. Independent media has paid a heavy price in Sri Lanka in the recent years and the government has not made any efforts to arrest the culture of violence against media persons. In the climate of heavy military presence in the Tamil areas and the unhindered functioning of paramilitary groups loyal to the government, the perpetrators enjoy unhindered impunity to continue with their mission to suppress the free media.

Attack on Mr.Selvatheepan comes soon after the UNHRC resolution and circumstantially it is part of the concerted effort to prop up the bogey of re-emergence of the LTTE, thus creating conditions to impose a regimental control for the victims of the war to provide information on war crimes.

Despite ongoing local and international pressures to the extent of  claiming way back in 2007: “Sri Lanka’s… status was downgraded to ‘Not Free’, to reflect new official restrictions on media coverage as well as a rise in attacks against journalists – particularly ethnic Tamils – and media outlets in the north and east, where the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels effectively resumed their civil war,” Sri Lanka has not progressed to respect media freedom even during peace time.

Free media is corner stone of democracy. We believe that the media needs to be free to analyze and criticize the actions of societal institutions, including and perhaps especially the government. The predicament faced by the independent journalists, failing civil protection institution like the police service and the erosion of free and fair judiciary in Sri Lanka has consumed the lives of many journalists.
 GTAJ appeals to all those concerned of progressively failing media freedom in Sri Lanka to bring about sustainable pressure on Sri Lanka on the attack on the innocent journalist Mr. Sivagnam Selvatheepan.

April 18, 2014
Dhanapala Must Take A Stand And Resign From Dialog, Condemn Its Illegal, Unethical Behaviour – Kumar David

Dhanapala Must Take A Stand And Resign From Dialog, Condemn Its Illegal, Unethical Behaviour – Kumar David

Colombo TelegraphApril 19, 2014
Professor Kumar David call upon Jayantha Dhanapala to resign from Dialog and condemn its illegal and unethical behaviour.  ”Then he will win back his self-respect.” Prof David said.
When asked for a comment on ‘Jayantha Dahanapala – Dialog – Friday Forum’ issue, Prof. David today said, asking Dhanapala to resign from Friday Forum is “rubbish”.  ”It would be unprincipled to resign from Friday Forum; JD must take a stand and resign from Dialog. These worthies love money, so it is unimaginable for them to part from big money! I call up JD to resign from Dialog and condemn its illegal and unethical behaviour. Then he will win back his self-respect.” he said.
These worthies love money, so it is unimaginable for them to part from big money! I call up JD to resign from Dialog and condemn its illegal and unethical behaviour. Then he will win back his self-respect.
These worthies love money, so it is unimaginable for them to part from big money! I call up JD to resign from Dialog and condemn its illegal and unethical behaviour. Then he will win back his self-respect.
We publish below prof Kumar David’s statement in full;
This Jayantha Danapala (JD) – Dialog affair is dragging on for too long. Chandra Jayaratne, Radhika, Chaminda Weerawardana and Paikiasothy have all written in saying JD is a splendid fellow and deserves the benefit of the doubt. These are all people of good social standing; so JD is entitled to the benefit of the doubt for a period till he drafts his reply. But JD has not responded for weeks to a serious charge of being a hypocrite; remember he has projected himself as a public figure in democratic rights and freedom of expression issues. It is now time to conclude that he will NOT explain himself to the public before whom he takes this high moral stand on public interest issues.
I would like to make a definitive summary of the matter and bring it to a close.
a)     Dialog and other service providers are blocking access to CT and other sites critical of the government. This is not an allegation; it is a fact. I am a technical type and I have checked it out at several user locations. THEY ARE BLOCKED.
b)     This is both illegal (in violation of the Telecommunications Regulations) and, for obvious reasons, it is unethical. This is a serious erosion of democracy.
c)     If this is because of verbal instructions from the Defence Secretary then Dialog and JD are stooges intruding on freedom of information by complying with such instructions.
d)     If this is in obedience to formal (written) instructions from the government, then Dialog and other service providers resorting to this illegal and unethical practice, need, at least, to bring this to the attention of the public. One would expect JD, if such instructions exist, to insist they are brought to public attention.
e)     Most of the commentators in the CT have said JD needs to make a decision and “resign from Friday Forum (FF)” if he perceives a conflict of interest. I say this is rubbish. It would be unprincipled to resign from FF; JD must take a stand and resign from Dialog and condemn its illegal and unethical behaviour. These worthies love money, so it is unimaginable for them to part from big money! I call up JD to resign from Dialog and condemn its illegal and unethical behaviour. Then he will win back his self-respect.
f)      JD’s failure to do so makes the conclusion unavoidable that he is not prepared to forgo the large payments he gets from Dialog for his services on the Board. JD has a high reputation and being well paid is fine. Compromising his principles is NOT fine.
Maybe we can close this matter on this sad note.

April 18, 2014
On Sri Lanka, ICP Asks Darusman Of Report, He Cites Cambodia, DPRK

Inner City PressBy Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 — Arguing for a referral to the International Criminal Court of North Korea on April 17 was Marzuki Darusman, who previously chaired a three member panel at the UN about war crimes in Sri Lanka. 
  On that report, which the UN released only in redacted form, little was done in the first instance. After inaction by the Rajapaksa government, a vote was held on March 27 at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva calling for another investigation - one that the Rajapaksa government says it will not cooperate with, may prosecute witnesses to.
  Inner City Press asked Darusman if he felt his report on Sri Lanka, before this North Korea report he did on a panel with Australia’s Michael Kirby, was successful. Darusman responded that in Cambodia, justice took a long time, but that each step moved things along.
  By contrast to this week’s Arria formula meetings of members of the Security Council on Syria and North Korea with full evidentiary presentations of photographs and witnesses, the Security Council did very little on Sri Lanka.
  Ironically, while Michael Kirby’s Australia was one of the three requesters of the April 17 Arria formula meeting on Norht Korea, it has a quite different position on Sri Lanka, even giving boats to the Rajapaksa government. Does Australia respect Darusman’s views? Has the Australia government asked Darusman about Sri Lanka?
  By contrast, the Security Council held a fomal public meeting this week on human rights in… Ukraine. Navi Pillay’s deputy and prospective replacement Ivan Simonovic recounted deaths in the three digits. One delegate exiting the North Korea Arria on April 17 made the contrast, and referred to the story of the child who complained too much, like the boy who cried wolf. 

 So Ukraine human rights is a topic for a formal meeting of the Security Council, but Sri Lanka wasn’t and won’t be? Watch this site.

April 18, 2014
Muslim village not in Wilpattu

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By Latheef Farook- April 18, 2014 
A small minority of Muslim families were living peacefully for centuries in the Marichchikatti village in the Musali division in the Mannar District. They were involved in paddy cultivation and other such work. In keeping with their religious requirement they built their own mosque there. To help continue with their cultivation work, the government even built a dam – before 1970.
Life was simple and they remained a contented lot.
In 1990, with the Tamil Tiger terrorists’ ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the North, these families too were driven out, and they lost all their belongings and ended up empty-handed in camps for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Puttalam, where, like other IDPs, they languished in poverty, besides facing numerous other problems.
They were all happy when the government forces defeated the LTTE in May 2009 hopeful that they too could return to their own soil and rebuild their lives.
wilpat muslimsWith the situation improving after the war they started returning to their ancestral village of Marichchikatti only to realize that the entire village had become jungle as it had been neglected for almost two decades.
Yet, they did not lose hope. All what they wanted was to clear the jungle and live in their own soil. Pinning their hope on Allah they jointly and individually cleared the jungle, which was no easy task. They did so with the support of the government and the Divisional Secretary.
They were all poor and did not possess the money to rebuild proper houses. However, they built mud-walled huts covered with palm leaves and settled there. A non-governmental organization helped them put up these huts.
Today there are around 150 families and about 500 people.
This has nothing to do with the Wilpattu National Park. However, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), which is spearheading a fierce anti-Muslim campaign, tearing apart communities and pushing the country towards a disastrous path, began a vicious campaign saying that Marichchikatti is located in Wilpattu and Industries Minister, Rishad Bathiudeen is colonizing the Wilpattu Sanctuary with Muslims.
This was misleading as the Marichichikattu village belongs to the Musali division in the Mannar District.
With the BBS campaign intensifying, a group of eight Buddhist monks led by the Secretary Jathika Bala Sena, Ven Watareka Vijitha Thera, visited Marichchikatti village on a study tour, while so-called Muslim parliamentarians, who have sold their souls for positions and perks, were busy watching cricket.
Contrary to BBS propaganda, they found that Muslims were living in their own village in Marichchikatti and not inside the Wilpattu Sanctuary.
These Muslims have also produced deeds and all other relevant documents for their lands. They had also shown evidence of an old mosque there before they were evicted. This mosque is now under Navy control.
Meanwhile, refuting the BBS allegations, Minister Bathiudeen has said these houses were built with the knowledge of the government.
There is nothing illegal in building these houses as they have acquired permission from the relevant line ministries and this is sanctioned by the government.
Meanwhile, squatters vowed to commit suicide and Mannar District Secretary, M.Y. Deshapriya, has promised some relief. About 70 displaced families squatting at the location said the location was their original residences before they were evicted by the LTTE in 1990

April 18, 2014
Sri Lanka: Defeat extremism, SLMC tells govt

Sri Lanka: Defeat extremism, SLMC tells govt

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) M. T. Hassan Ali said that the minority communities were demanding that the government act fast to put an end to all illegal acts by the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) and all other extremists groups that had got out of hand.
 He told The Island yesterday (16) that unless the government acted immediately there would be chaos as the BBS was trying to engineer communal violence.
The rule of law must be preserved for the benefit of all Sri Lankans the BBS and other extremists had no right to storm houses, mosques, churches etc. They should not be allowed to take the law into their own hand, but report it to the government authorities if there was any problem, Hassan Ali said.
He asked whether the government had recognised the BBS as a private army.
The SLMC General Secretary said that the government should take control of the situation and ensured that the extremist groups did not threaten the interests of the minority communities who had a constitutionally guaranteed right to live as equal citizens free from fear and harassment.
by Lal Gunesekera
The Island

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