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Sep 13, 2011 12:26:11 PM - itnnews.lk

A Court order has been issued suspending the annual animal sacrifice ceremony at the Badhrakali Amman Kovil in Munneswaram, Chilaw. Minister Mervyn Silva intervened to prevent the slaughter of the animals.

Based on a report submitted by the Intelligence Unit of the Chilaw Police Division on the annual animal sacrifice of the Badhrakali Kovil at Munneswaram, Chilaw Police Inspector Tusitha Kumara had filed a petition in the Chilaw Courts. 

Taking into consideration this petition, the Chilaw Magistrate and Additional District Judge R.M. Jayawardena issued an order suspending the animal sacrifices. Thousands of animals are slaughtered in this annual ritual at the Kovil.

A massive protest was staged when last years sacrifice was held on the 26th of September.  Minister Mervyn Silva who arrived at the Kovil today took all the animals that were to be slaughtered to his custody.