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Sri Lanka demolishes Tiger chief's house: politician
29 Apr, 2010 17:40:12
April 29, 2010 (AFP) - The ancestral home of Sri Lanka's slain Tamil Tiger rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has been demolished as it was becoming a tourist attraction, a Tamil politician said Thursday.
M. K. Sivajilingam, secretary of the Tamil National Liberation Alliance, accused security forces of destroying the house a year after Prabhakaran was killed when the rebels were finally defeated after decades of bloodshed.

"They (the government) are destroying pieces of history. They want to remove any traces of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam)," Sivajilingam told AFP by telephone from the northern town of Jaffna.

Military spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasinghe and police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody denied any knowledge of the demolition.

The house, owned by Prabhakaran's parents, was situated in the Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka.

Sivajilingam said many visitors from the island's south had headed to the house after the conflict ended.

Prabhakaran was killed by security forces on May 18 along with other top Tamil Tiger military commanders.

He led the Tigers throughout their violent struggle for a separate ethnic homeland, gaining a reputation as one of the world's most ruthless and effective guerrilla leaders.
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READER COMMENT(S)
5. SHM Apr 30
Who wants to make this house of a monster a place of worship? What is done with it is perfect and there shouldn't be any identification of this 'bloody' hell of a merciless killer.
4. jamaldeen Apr 30
Are they afraid of his ghost?
how petty minded they are.. demolishing a house will not erase his memories for the tamils .

i am sure that govt,has better things to do, for the people who elected them to power.

3. Laksumana Apr 30
This guy is still alive according to so many!
2. anu Apr 30
Very good work. These should be distroyed for better safe of the future tamil generation.
1. Amateur Historian Apr 29
How will all this be seen a hundred and fifty years from now? To the Ceylon Police, the cop who was shot in capturing Sardiel is an official hero. To the average Sinhalese the hero is Sardiel. Even we, in childhood, regarded Robin Hood in a Nottinghamshire we have never visited, a hero. Prabhakaran was a monster to us, Sinhalese. But we will not be able to prevent him being the folk hero of the Tamils. I still don't understand why "an international autopsy" was not held on Prabhakaran's death.