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Jaffna mourns Parvathi Amma amidst SLA harassment

[TamilNet, Monday, 21 February 2011 09:04 No Comment]

The people of Jaffna have flown black flags on Sunday, mourning the demise of 80-year-old Parvathi Amma (Vallipuram Parvathi), the mother of LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan. Community organisations have flown their flags at half post amid harassments by the occupying Sri Lankan forces. The funeral of late Parvathi Amma is to take place at Valveddiththu’rai (VVT) Hindu Cremation Grounds on Tuesday. Born on 07 August, 1931, Parvathi Amma, resolved to stay with her people at her native village, after being denied entry to Tamil Nadu for medical treatment last year.

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Several personalities abroad, especially from Tamil Nadu, were struggling to get Sri Lanka Army’s so-called Defence Ministry Clearance to attend the funeral of Parvathi Amma, informed sources told TamilNet.

The remains of late Parvathi Amma, kept at VVT, will be taken to Theeruvil grounds and placed near the destroyed monuments of Lt. Col. Kumarappa, Lt. Col. Pulenthiran and Col. Kiddu, where people in their thousands turned up last year to pay last respects to late Thiruvengadam Velupillai, who passed away while being kept in isolation and illegal custody by the Sri Lanka Army at the age of 86.

Due to multiple displacements during the military offensives of the Sri Lanka Army, and later incarceration at the notorious Panagoda Camp, Parvathi Amma’s health had deteriorated. One of her hands had been badly affected. The mother was also afflicted with blood pressure and diabetes.

The house of Mrs. Parvathi Amma, where Mr. Pirapaharan was born and raised, was destroyed by the occupying Sri Lanka Army in April last year following reports that the house had attracted the attention of several Sinhalese from South visiting Jaffna.

The monuments at Theeruvil were destroyed by the Sri Lankan military a few months ago.

The LTTE leader’s parents had been living in Tamil Nadu in India, but opted to go to Vanni before the war broke out and they preferred to be with the people during the war.

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