LTTE turns Hindu Temple to an armoury
KAYTS: The Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) says
Police have uncovered a haul of arms and ammunition hidden inside the
Amman Kovil at Velanithurai in the Kayts Island. The items were found
during a combined search operation carried out by Navy and Police
personnel on Wednesday morning.
According to the MCNS, the deadly weapons were carefully concealed
above the statues of Hindu gods by the LTTE terrorists. Two priests of
the temple were also taken to the police custody. Acting on a civilian
tip-off police carried out the search.
One Claymore mine three anti personnel mines 900g of C-4 High
explosives, 150 T-56 live ammunition, 24 Electric detonators three IEDs
(1 kg each) three Fuses, one Military pack were among the weapons
Meanwhile, the civilians and religious leaders express their utter
contempt over the LTTE for depraving religious places for their sinister
deeds. A Hindu priest speaking in anonymity told defence.lk
correspondent in Jaffna that the LTTE have threatened many a religious
leader in the area to assist their operations.
“Now, the LTTE cadres cannot operate amongst civilians anymore. If
they are seen, the civilians do not hesitate to report to the
recovered: Cache of arms and ammunition
security forces. It is why they have chosen religious places as their
hideouts,” he further added.
The MCNS report complied on the recent LTTE activities at places of
worship is given below:
On April 29, when Naval troops were about to enter the Amman Kovil
Puliyankadak premises to conduct a search operation the LTTE cadres
opened fire from inside the Temple.
A search operation was conducted on information received from a
civilian. Five LTTE cadres who were inside the Kovil were killed in the
confrontation including the LTTE leader of the Jaffna Islands. The Navy
recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from the Kovil premises.
Last March, Father Emilius Pillai of the Madu Church accused the LTTE
of continuously kidnapping children and youth among displaced people
taking refuge in the Madu church premises, despite repeated warnings not
to do so.