Tigers occupy Madhu Church, priests remove statue
Priests at the world renowned Madhu Church yesterday conveyed the
Sacred Statue of Our Lady of Madhu to a safer place following a virtual
takeover of the Church premises by the LTTE, reports from uncleared
According to reports, the LTTE had invaded the Church and installed
mines and booby traps in the vicinity apparently to prevent an advance
by Security Forces.
Earlier, the Tigers had chased away more than 150 civilians from the
The Tiger cadres who had forcibly entered the highly venerated Church
had threatened the priests and forced them to leave. Four of the priests
had then left the Church with the revered statue.
The Security Forces have strictly observed the No Fire Zone around
Madhu Church in spite of Tiger provocations.