Army orders stoppage of temple construction

News No. 198/2010, December 25, 2010

AN army major has ordered Sadhana Tila Buddhist temple to stop all development activities.

Sources say a group of 12 army personnel led by Major Anik from Babuchara army camp raided the temple at 2:30pm today and ordered the stoppage of all construction works there.

The army men also took away about 500 pieces of bricks piled up at the temple.

The stolen bricks, meant for the construction of the temple, have been put under the charge of Commanding Officer of Dighinala Zone, Lt. Col. Shaheen.

The army also ordered the temple management committee to appear at Dighinala zone tommorrow.

The army have been trying to occupy the temple land for a long time. During the state of emergency between 2007 and 2008, it made several unsuccessful attempts to capture it by force.

Later, the army fought a legal battle through a settler proxy, which it lost.



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