Monday, December 05, 2005

LTTE and SLA to meet as situation in Jaffna deteriorates

Jaffna District Political Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Mr. C. Ilamparuthi will meet Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Commander of Jaffna area Major General Sunil Tennakon on Monday evening at the no man zone at Muhamalai, sources reported.

The meeting has been organized by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in a bid to bring the tit-for-tat violence in the Jaffna peninsula to an end.

Violence broke off between the SLA and civilians after two farmers were murdered on Thursday evening by the SLA assassination squad which comprises of SLA Intelligence officials and the auxiliary EPDP armed gang.

Eight SLA soldiers were killed and several civilians injured in the violence that followed Thursday’s murders.

Civilian sources report that several murders in the past were reported to the SLMM as requested. However, the lack of action by SLMM and the continued killings and arbitrary shootings had led the local residents to take their security matters into their own hands.

In the past few days thousands of troops have been deployed along the A9 (Jaffna-Kandy) Highway; many roads have been closed to vehicular traffic; on the roads that are open travellers are reporting several hours of delay as the SLA has been combing every vehicle and over 100 arrests have been made.

Meanwhile students at Heartly College, Jaffna reported that the SLA had set up several checkpoints around their school and that the soldiers were firing tear gas at them in a trigger-happy fashion.

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