The police and the military said it would not allow events glorifying the LTTE to be held this week to mark the LTTE heroes week. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya also denied allegations that surveillance centres were being set up to prevent the university students and other activists from staging activities glorifying terrorism.
“The LTTE is a terrorist organisation proscribed in Sri Lanka, in the name of heroes or otherwise we will not allow anyone to glorify terrorism, we will prevent it. However the alleged report that we have established surveillance centres and that we have intensified military activities in Jaffna simply to curtail the celebrations is baseless.
With the current deployment we are able to ensure that peace and harmony in the Jaffna peninsula that now exists is preserved and will not be disturbed by any ceremony glorifying terrorism,” he told The Sunday Leader.
Some media reports stated that two ‘surveillance centres’ have been created near the University of Jaffna in recent days at Naachchimaar koayil and at Kaladdi Junction, obtaining civilian houses within 500 meters and one km from the university premises, with the intention of preventing activists and students from marking Tamil Heroes Day on November 27.
Last year, the Jaffna University was reportedly closed during the Heroes Day week, but according to University sources, the students of Agriculture and Management Faculties are on vacation at present but the arts and medical faculties will function as usual next week.
However, a final decision has not been made. But, the SL military, by deploying military personnel, is exerting pressure on the administration of the university, the sources further said.
It was however reported that Amirthalingam Rajakumaran, the president of the Jaffna University Teachers’ Association (JUTA), who met the press at the University premises on Friday, had stated that the education activities at the University of Jaffna has been seriously compromised by the increased deployment of Sri Lankan military personnel in the vicinity, including the main entrance of the university.
However Brigadier Wanigasooriya denying these allegations said that the military has no influence over the universities and the decisions to open or close them are taken only by the Ministry of Higher Education. He also stated that there was no truth in the allegations that the military stepped up any military deployment in the North.
Meanwhile, when contacted by The Sunday Leader TNA MP E. Sarawanabhavan said that his party had not organised or have any part in organising any activities for next week.
“We will not hold any commemoration ceremony due to the pressure from the security forces,” he said.
Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana also stated that while no additional police personnel will be deployed in the North the police are prepared to deal with any situation that may arise.
“We will not allow any commemoration of terrorism openly and allow these extremist elements to spread ethnic hatred,” he added.