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Destroyed LTTE cemeteries in Jaffna district to be restored

Fragments of tombstones in the destroyed Thuyilum Illam at Chatty Beach. Photograph: Tamil Guardian, May 2017

LTTE cemeteries in the Jaffna district and the Nallur monument to Thileepan will be restored and maintained by local authorities, the Jaffna coordinating committee has decided.

The committee met on Monday at the Jaffna District Secretariat, with the meeting co-chaired by the Northern Province Chief Minister, C. V. Wigneswaran, the parliamentarians, Mavai Senathirajah and Ankajan Ramanathan, and Jaffna’s Government Agent, N. Vethanayagam.

It was decided that divisional secretariats would take responsibility for the Thuyilum Illams that fall within their division, and maintain and additionally protect the cemeteries as green spaces.

Specific Thuyilum Illams pegged for restoration include the destroyed cemeteries at Chatty Beach, Koppay and Uduththurai.

An understanding with the Nallur Kandasamy Kovil administration is to be reached so that the Nallur monument to Thileepan can be restored and maintained by the Jaffna Municipal Council.

2 lakhs rupees have been allocated by TNA MP Sritharan to fund the restorations.