Police obtained a court order against holding a remembrance in Colombo for LTTE’s Rasiah Partheepan alias Thileepan, who died during a hunger strike 36 years ago.
Maligakanda additional magistrate B.A. Dhammika Hemapala issued the order after Maradana police made submissions citing national security and the possibility clashes between opposing parties.
The court said it also considered in issuing the order the attack a few days earlier by a group of Sinhalese on a motorcade in Trincomalee to remember Thileepan.
The remembrance was to take place at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) at Maradana on 19 September.
An ASP has gone to the CSR and handed over the court order, informing organizers that they had no right to remember the member of a proscribed organization, and warning that it would become a communal issue.
In Vavuniya however, magistrate Subajani Devarasa refused to allow a police request to ban the motorcade, saying anyone had the right to remember the dead.
She ordered the police to ensure security to prevent communal clashes or any other untoward incident.
After posts on social media announced the planned event, activist Dan Priyasad sent WhatsApp messages against it.
Nothing about that transpired during the police action.