The TNA accuses the Army and the police of having prevented a function it had organized in front of the northern provincial council building at Kaithady in Jaffna this afternoon to remember the 40,000 Tamil civilians who were killed by Sri Lankan Army in month of May 2009.
NCP provincilor M.K. Sivajilingam said the military had previously barred the TNA from holding the function at Vellamullivaikkal in Mullaitivu. He said he and his colleague councillor Anandi Shashiharan, widow of LTTE’s political leader for Trincomalee S. Elilan, had been prevented from entering the NCP building.
Councillor Shashiharan said it was unfair not even a lamp was allowed to be lit in remembrance of the dead civilians. The military would have responded more severely had the function taken place at Vellamullivaikkal, she said.
Meanwhile, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said the police evicted two councillors who had attempted to force their way into the NCP building to remember the dead LTTE terrorists. Later, the duo held a meeting in front of the building, he said. It was the LTTE members who had died in the war zone after 15 May 2009, and functions to remember them in the guise of dead 40,000 Tamil civilians killed by Sri Lankan forces would not be allowed, the police spokesman added. A public asked if the UN claimed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians were killed before the 15th of May 2009 by the Army? If so why were the Tamil community not allowed to remember the killed before 15th of May?
The government has banned the holding of any war remembrance events in the Northern Province. The ban has been imposed while the government prepares to celebrate the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by Sri Lankan Army as Victory Day in Matara next Sunday.
Jaffna’s Senior Police Superintendent W.P. Wimalasena has said that police teams are deployed in Jaffna to be alert of any move to hold public events to remember the Tamil Civilians killed by Army in the final stages of the conflict in May 2009.