Notorious ‘Aava’ gang which was working with the Army to terrorise the Tamil civilians were freely going around in North even after the NEW Government under President Maithiri And PM Ranil came to power. The Central government ignored all appeals by Human rights activities to take action against these gangsters who terrorised the Tamil community living in North.
The ‘AAVA’ Gangsters had close link with the Army as they were created by the ex Defence secretary and the Army to kill HR activists, politicians and Journalists opposed to Rajapaksha government.
‘AAVA’ Sword group in the North was the brainchild of the former Mahinda regime and its mentors were senior military officials to terrorize the Tamils.
As the sword wielding ‘AAVA’ group has become a threat to law and order, the pertinent question Northerners ask is, “If a well armed LTTE outfit could be rooted out, why cannot the ‘AAVA’ group be disarmed and wiped out?” by the government forces?, answer may be that the gangsters are working with the blessing of the Army faithful to Rajapaksha.
Minister and Cabinet Spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne at the Cabinet press briefing last Wednesday (2) said that the notorious ‘AAVA’ group in the North was the brainchild of the former regime and its mentors were senior military officials.
Dr. Senaratne went on to say that the ‘AAVA’ group was well-protected and accommodated with cash and weapons.
Uthayan newspaper office in Jaffna remains testimony to the attacks carried out by the paramilitary groups and the so-called intelligence operatives. The Uthayan office was attacked more than ten times by intelligence operatives and paramilitary groups according to Uthayan publisher and the Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian E. Saravanapavan. Despite complaints made to the Police there was hardly any move to apprehend those who were behind those attacks due to the support this gang had from Army and Rajapaksha family which ruled Sri Lanka then.
But last week they attacked two police men and this made the police to act on these gangsters and are being arrested. It is understood that the Army is not happy about the arrests as they fear that these gangsters may tell the truth to the world. The army fear that the gangsters may expose the killings of civilians done by the gang and the Army in the past.
Today an army deserter is among ‘Aava’ gang members arrested and being investigated, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament today. He said the Aava gang members are part of a motorcycle gang involved in extortion in the North.
Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said 38 members of the Aava gang have been arrested and investigations have been launched to arrest 8 suspected leaders of the gang.
Minister Sagala Ratnayake told Parliament the Aava gang was not linked to terrorism but had money possibly obtained from their supporters overseas. This statement shows that the new government is trying to frame the Tamil diaspora to these gangs and hide the links between the Army and the Gang.