In the vicinity of an army camp in the north, the army has removed a newly installed Buddha statue in a province where there are no Buddhists due to the opposition of the local people.
According to the journalists of the province, the army has taken steps to bury the Buddha statue under an old bo tree near the army camp in the Nilavarai area of the Jaffna police domain, on the 23rd of Friday night.
The local people who saw it the next morning have taken steps to complain to the Chhalveli Police and the Valikammam East Regional Council.
The reason for the restlessness of the local Tamil people is that after the war, the intervention of the army to change the composition of the people in the North and East by placing the statues of Buddha in the shade of the bogs in the Buddhist unpopulated provinces and then settling the monks and bringing Sinhalese from outside to look after them and create settlements.
While demanding that the army be withdrawn from those areas and the police powers be transferred to the Provincial Assembly, the four denominational patriarchs had recommended to the President not to remove the military camps built around the temples.
Eastern Valikammam local council chairman Thyagaraja Nirosh and police officers came to Nilavarai and discussed with the army officers that the army took steps to remove the Buddha statue, the provincial journalists further said.