The Mullaitivu Magistrate Court has granted permission for the construction of a sentry point at the Kurundhur mountain, but ordered that no religious sites can be built in the area as tensions continue between Sri Lanka’s archaeology department and local Tamils.
An earlier ruling from the court ruled that no construction can go on in the region. However, the temple authorities near Kurunthoormalai filed a motion in the court asking to investigate the archaeological department’s recent interest in construction.
During the hearing, the department contended that all construction in the area was related to the creation of a sentry point and submitted the permit granted to them by the district secretariat.
It was decided that the archaeological department would submit regular reports of its activities and its conduct closely monitored by the court, as it allowed the archaeology department to continue with its construction. The court’s previous position that no religious sites can be built in the region continues to stand.