Sivajilingam appeals for calm in North

By Jehan Haniff

Tamil political leader and distant relative of late LTTE leader V. Prabaharan yesterday appealed to youth in the North to desist from violence in a bid to have their problems solved.

By their engaging in violence, nothing could be achieved for the Tamils in the North and East, Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) stalwart M.K. Sivajilingam said, pointing out that such a course of action would hamper the progress of the Tamil community.

“Following the recent incidents in the North, which were very visible during the past month our party members have had pocket meetings to address the youth, who were urged not to resort to violence under any circumstance.

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member told The Island that he believed that the recent incidents in the North were not politically motivated and appealed to those who sought to give them a political twist to refrain from doing so.

Sivajilingam, a Parliamentarian from 2001 to 2010, said he was convinced that nothing could be achieved through violence.

A few days back Jaffna Police had taken into custody two youth riding a motorcycle with two swords in their possession.

On Oct. 23, two policemen – a Sergeant and a Constable – were attacked with swords in Chunnakam and hospitalised with injuries. Hand bills were later distributed by a group calling itself “Ava” in some areas of Jaffna, claiming that they had attacked police in retaliation for the death of two Jaffna university students on October 20 due to police shooting.