Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vipulananda, Poet Periyathampi desecrated in Batticaloa city
Three key statues put up by Eezham Tamils in the heart of Batticaloa city have been desecrated and destroyed in the early hours of Friday. The head part of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, located near the clock tower in the high security area of the city centre, was among the destroyed statues, reports from Batticaloa said. The occupying Special Task Force commandos of the Sri Lankan police have been deployed at the site as tension prevailed in the city and the public market has been closed down. Two other statues subjected to attack are that of prominent Eezham Tamils from Batticaloa, Tamil Scholar and Hindu reformer Swami Vipulananda and Poet, Pulavarma'ni Periyathampi Pi'l'lai. The latest desecration of statues come following pressure exerted from Tamil Nadu on New Delhi demanding action against genocidal Colombo in the international fora.
Meanwhile, genocidal Sri Lanka has deployed its occupying Sinhala military in hurriedly building Buddhist Stupas throughout North and East, including key locations in the major cities, to give a 'new cultural identity' to the cities and landscape of the country of Eezham Tamils.
In November 2011, when TNA leader R. Sampanthan was on an international visit, the statue of Thanthai Chelva was decapitated in Trincomalee.
All the three statues destroyed in Batticaloa are located within the perimeters of the high security area manned by the SL Police and the SLA in the city.
The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the heart of the Batticaloa city was put up in 1960s during the times of the Tamil parliamentarian C. Rajadurai.
The headquarters of the Sri Lankan police in Batticaloa is situated 200 meters east of the Gandhi statue and the residential quarters of the SL Police officials is located 150 meters close to the site.
The occupying SL military's headquarters in the district is also located close to the Gandhi statue.
SL policemen guard the residence of the president of Batticaloa municipality, which is situated close to the statue in the south.
Swami Vipulananda's statue is also located next to the prison guarded by the SL Police in the city. It is located in the Ramakrishna Mission school situated in front of the Aanaip-panthi temple.
The desecrated statue of Poet Pulavarma'ni Periyathampi-pi'l'lai is situated on Muthaliyaar Road in the city.
Swami Vipulananda, a renowned Tamil scholar was the first professor of Tamil in the University of Ceylon, Colombo, and in the Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu. He was born in Kaarai-theevu in the Ampaa'rai district of the Eastern province.
He joined the Ramakrishna Mission and played a vital role in the educational development of the Eezham Tamils by establishing several educational institutions in the Tamil homeland.
Pulavarma'ni Periyathampi Pi'l'lai, born in Ma'ndoor, Batticaloa, in the 19th century was a poet and a remarkable scholar in classical Tamil. He was a student of Chunnaakam Kumaraswamip Pulavar.
In January this year, the statue of Swami Vivekananda, well known Indian spiritual leader and Hindu reformist, located in front of a fuel station on Batticaloa Kalmunai Road was destroyed by a motorbike squad.