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Police asked to show cause over turning back residents to Kurundimale on July 14

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Mullaitivu Magistrate T. Swarnaraja ordered the police on Thursday (20) to submit to court a detailed report on August 8 stating reasons for Police and Archaeological Officers turning away residents who had gone to attend the Pongal Festival at the Hindu Kovil located in the vicinity of the Mullaitivu Kurundimale Temple.

This incident had taken place when a group of Hindu devotees had gone to this Kovil on July 14, and a group of politicians of Mullaitivu had filed a case at the Mullaitivu Court stating that the Police and Archaeological Department officers had behaved in a manner that violated the human rights and obstructed the religious freedom and reconciliation of the Tamil people.

The Magistrate issued the above order subsequent to taking into consideration this case. After Hindu devotees in the Mullaitivu area had been informed that a Pongal festival was being held at this kovil, the Mullaitivu Police had submitted facts to the court and requested an injunction order.

However, court had rejected issuing such an injunction order.

Accordingly, the Magistrate ordered that the report be submitted to court on August 8 when this case will be taken up for hearing again.

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