India ‘intervened’ on Jaffna University memorial issue

India ‘intervened’ on Jaffna University memorial issue

India ‘intervened’ on Jaffna University memorial issue

Written by Staff Writer

18 Jan, 2021 | 5:13 pm

Colombo; The Hindu news website reported, India ‘intervened’ with regard to the issue that arose following the demolition of a memorial at the Jaffna University premises.

A day after news of the late-night destruction of the monument broke, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, said the report.

“The Indian High Commissioner met the PM [last weekend] and they discussed the Jaffna University memorial matter,” PM Rajapaksa’s media secretary Rohan Welivita told The Hindu on Sunday (17).

The Sunday Times reported that High Commissioner Baglay told Premier Rajapaksa that the demolition “could lead to protests erupting in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.”

“Premier Rajapaksa went into action promptly,” reported the newspaper’s political column on Sunday (17).

The Mullivaikkal Memorial was constructed inside the Jaffna University premises in memory of the students and civilians who lost their lives in the war, and it was demolished on the 08th of January.

However, two days later the Vice-Chancellor of the University visited the premises to re-build the memorial.

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