Jaffna Uni students mark ‘Maaveerar Day’
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan and T. Pratheepan (Jaffna Corr)
A number of Jaffna University students organised an event at the Campus premises yesterday (25) to observe the Maaveerar Naal (Heroes’ Day), commemorated on 27 November.
University students placed floral tributes at the memorial located inside the University of Jaffna.
Meanwhile, the restraining order issued by Mullaitivu Magistrate, on 17 November banning the Heroes’ Day commemoration was revoked yesterday. “To mourn the dead, is human,” said lawyer V.S.S. Thananjayan, who appeared for the petitioners. The Magistrate ordered not to use any symbols and emblems of the LTTE while commemorating. He has said,"People can remember the dead, without using the name or symbols of any banned organisations."
However, the Jaffna Magistrate's Court has refused to withdraw the order banning the Heroes' Day event.
Judge V.R. Sivalingam of the Jaffna Magistrate's Court advised that the injunction was permanent and that the defendants should appeal to the High Court if they wanted to object to it.
The Jaffna Magistrate's Court granted the application filed last Friday on behalf of the officers in charge of Kopay and Jaffna Police Stations. Arrangements were being made to hold the Maaveerar commemoration in front of the Army's 512 Brigade Headquarters, located at the former Maaveerar Tuilum Home (burial site) in Kopay, and in the vicinity of the Jaffna University and the Jaffna Police Station.
The Police had demanded that Section 106 of the Code of Criminal Procedure be sited under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and that it was a crime to conduct such an event. The Court issued an injunction restraining the commemoration of Heroes' Day for one week from 21 November to 28 November. In this case, the lawyers representing the defendants and the attorneys representing the defendants requested that the restraining order to be reconsidered.
Accordingly, the case was called and the submissions on behalf of the defendants were allowed.
Leading senior counsel on behalf of the defendants presented a lengthy submission. Attorneys noted in the submission that the Police application should be rejected on the basis that it was granted by the other Magistrate Courts of the district under the same law. The Police submitted a strong objection. Judge Sivalingam, after examining the submissions of both the parties, directed that the restraining order could not be withdrawn and that the objections on behalf of the defendants should be taken up in the High Court.