The north Sri Lankan ancestral home of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has been demolished by the Sri Lankan army. The house was situated in the Valvettithurai area of the northern Jaffna peninsula.
“The Sri Lankan Army was guarding this place. They were not allowing anyone to visit the area. They have been demolishing the house bit by bit for the past few weeks,” former Tamil Member of Parliament Sivajilingam told the BBC.
“I have written to the president about this. But when I went back there [on Wednesday] the house was reduced to rubble.”
Prabhakaran spent his childhood at the house with his siblings. Prabhakaran’s father, Thiruvenkadam Velupillai, died earlier this year and was cremated in Valvettithurai.
“Thousands of people were coming and seeing the house everyday. This might have angered the authorities,” Sivajilingam said.
But the Sri Lankan army denies any wrongdoing. “It is not correct. We completely deny this allegation,” army spokesman Prasad Samarasinge told the BBC.
“We have not destroyed any house of Prabhakaran in the country. The army has not done a thing like that.”
But sources say that the military want to rid Sri Lanka of any memory of tamil. They claim a number of Tamil Tiger war graves have also been destroyed over the past year.