He was speaking at a programme, on 15 September, to commence a voluntary organization at village level in the North against forcible colonization and constructing of Buddhist temples. The first group was launched at Sridharan’s office in Kilinochchi.
He pointed out that a group, including Bhikkhus, who came to the Kurundumal village first, on the pretext of archeological development activities, installed a Buddhist statue and sought to build a Vihara, which was thwarted, because of the alertness of the ordinary people.
As all these land allocations have been made forcibly and unlawfully, the Tamil people of the areas have a right to protest against it, and vigilance should be maintained on the construction of Temples and the Buddha statues that are being installed in their areas, the MP told the voluntary committee members.
There is nothing wrong if the Tamils of the North take steps to protect their religious places and lands in the same way as the Sinhala Buddhists are taking steps to protect their Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and the lands at Sigiriya, the MP pointed out.