Maaveerar Day (Heroes Day) commemorations on 27 November is banned – Kopay Police submit writ application

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

The Kopay Police, in the Northern Province yesterday (21), submitted a Writ Application to the Jaffna Magistrate seeking to ban the Maaveerar Day (Heroes Day) commemorations on 27 November, under Section 120 of the Penal Code and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) regulations of 2011.

Jaffna Magistrate Sinnathurai Satheewaran has fixed tomorrow (23) for order.

It is learned that the land opposite the Kopay 512 Army regiment camp, owned by a private resident, has been allegedly cleared for the upcoming commemoration. This Army camp was earlier a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cemetery known as the Thuyilum Illam (Resting Place).

The ‘Maaveerar Thinam’ or the Heroes Day falls on the birthday of LTTE Leader Veluppilai Prabhakaran, however when the first Black Tiger, Miller, was killed, the day was commemorated for the dead LTTE cadres.

The Maveerar Day was commemorated in the last three years when the Unity Government came to power in 2015, however, the Police now claim that commemorating the LTTE combatants is banned.

The Police have highlighted that the Northerners have planned to hold the Heroes’ Day commemoration at the Jaffna University premises too. 

The Police also told the Magistrate that they have not accused anyone over the commemoration preparations, however commemorating the outlawed outfit which is already banned would cause issues.

Under Section 120 of the Penal Code, ‘Inciting or attempting to incite disaffection’ is an offence with a two years jail term and no bail application will be accepted under the PTA.

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