Because of the obnoxious and degrading conduct of the incumbents of the Bishop palace of Mannar during the concluding sessions of the Maradhu Madu feast , all the media personnel who went there to cover the proceedings were refused entry and obstructed from fulfilling their assignments.
The conduct of the Priests was so insolent that even the official media personnel who were to cover the most Rev. Malcolm Ranjith s discourse was also obstructed.
It is reported that around two hundred thousand devotees attended the feast yesterday night. The objective of the priests however was to prevent the media from reporting that the precincts of the Mannar church have returned to normal.
Though the Police and the army were detailed for the security of the church , it was some Tamil inexperienced youths who were allowed to give protective security by the Priests. Besides , the Security personnel were not permitted to enter the church premises. These priests have denied entry to even the security personnel of the Politicians and high profile Forces personnel who helped to regain the church territory despite the fact that these security officers were not carrying arms.
According to the media , in 2002 , they said when they went there , the Bishop Palace incumbents never objected to the LTTE Police and the LTTE cadres who were in there large numbers carrying arms.
The conflict that sparked between the media and the priests , ended this evening when the media left the area without reporting . The Madhu Church is under the administration of Bishop Rayappu Joseph.