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Construction of illegal Buddhist temple halted

Construction work has been suspended on a Buddhist temple being built on illegally appropriated Tamil land in Mullaitivu.

The Buddhist vihara was being built with military support on land privately owned by Tamils in Kokkilay, Mullaitivu.

Provincial land authorities ordered construction work to be suspended pending a decision on the property dispute.

Three of the land’s owners were arrested for staging a protest against the construction earlier in the month.