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The Killing of a Religious Leader
A statement by the Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo
CEYLON 081208-1
December 5, 2008

[The Church of Ceylon (E-P) - Ceylon] The recent killing of a Hindu Priest, Sivasri Subramanyan Kamalraj of the Mariamma Kovil in Batticalao, is a tragic and senseless act and must be condemned by all persons committed to religious values and peace.

I extend the condolences of our Church to Swami Sivarajís wife and children and the Hindu community of the East. May God absorb and convert your sorrow into a stronger commitment to end this destructive violence that the vast majority of our people of all communities do not want .

This killing is one of a spate of recent killings of civilians, TMVP Cadres and Security personal that has spread fear, suspicion and desperation in the East. The President must take note of this totally unacceptable trend and ensure that those responsible for security will establish law and order without delay. If this is to happen effectively, Civil Society leaders of the East should be consulted. This brazen disregard for the sanctity of life must stop.

With Peace and Blessings to all

Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera
Bishop of Colombo
5th December 2008