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JVP to fight for rights of Muslims
Published Date: 07/04/2014 (Monday)

Coming down hard on an alleged illegal construction taking place in a Muslim burial ground at Maligawatta, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said it remains committed to protect the rights of Sri Lanka's Muslim community. 
JVP Western Provincial Councillor, K.D. Lal Kantha alleged that the illegal construction, in the Muslim burial ground at Maligawatta, is taking place with the consent of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. "Since of late, a trend has been witnessed in Sri Lanka where the Muslim Community is being subjected to marginalization. The latest incident is amongst the spate of recent occurrences. A businessman has commenced constructing a building within the premises of the Maligawatta Muslim Burial Ground. Lalkantha said the businessman had disregarded an order by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to halt the construction. 
That individual was backed by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, he alleged.

He said the JVP is planning to take legal action and will lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC).

Area residents of Maligawatta have recently organized several protests denouncing the illegal construction activities taking place at the Muslim burial grounds in Maligawatta.

By Gihan Nicholas

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