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Inquiry into alleged desecration of the Nagapooshani Amman temple in Nainativu

SHUT OUT – Devotees of the Nagapooshani Amman temple in Nainativu wait outside the Temple grounds as they were shut out of the flag raising ceremony

ECONOMYNEXT- The Prime MInister’s Office has ordered an inquiry into an incident that happened last week at the historic Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple on Nainativu island where some police and military personnel allegedly entered the temple wearing their boots.

Speaking to EconomyNext, former TNA MP Mavai Senathiraja said that police and military personnel had entered the temple premises without removing their footwear last Saturday (20 June) which the first day of the annual flag-raising ceremony.

“I received information regarding the incident on the 20th when the festival commenced,” he said.

He said since this is something that had never happened earlier the board of trustees and the priest of the temple had expressed their unhappiness with the action as it had desecrated the holy place.

Further, he said that he had informed the Northern Province Governor P.S.M. Charles and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa about the incident where he was later informed that the PM’s office had ordered for an investigation into the incident.

EconomyNext learned that due to the COVID-19 restrictions only the temple priests and the administration staff were allowed at the temple while devotees were blocked at the entrance from entering the temple according to the COVID 19 health regulations.

However, Senathiraja said the devotees were informed to comply with COVID-19 instructions and the police could have made proper arrangements with the board of trustees rather than blocking the people from entering.

Photographs of some police and military personnel wearing footwear inside the temple premises while others were present without their footwear are being widely shared on social media. (Colombo/June24/2020)