dictates says Karuna
The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) led
by renegade LTTE eastern leader Vinyagamoorthy Muralitharan alias
Karuna has warned that the LTTE demand urging people to move out
of the Jaffna peninsula to those under its military control would
have serious consequences.
A statement issued by the TMVP says:
“Tamileela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal views
the current effort of the LTTE demanding the people move out of
the Jaffna peninsula to areas under their military control would
have serious consequences for our people”.
It said the move by the LTTE was a desperate attempt
to control the very same people it depends on for its survival.
“We appeal to the Tamil people to resist
the LTTE's demand to vacate Jaffna as it has nefarious intensions
to consolidate its power using the resources it would gain from
the mass exodus of our people. We consider any large scale movement
will cause untold misery and hardship to our people. The people
cannot forget their experience in 1994 in the Wanni when the Sri
Lankan government’s Jayasikuru operation was launched to wrest
control of the Jaffna peninsula from the LTTE. The LTTE is demanding
the people move out of the peninsula hoping the mass exodus will
take place to attract international opinion in its favour.
“The LTTE is unable to strengthen its forces
from the existing Wanni population as its recruitment drive has
reached the optimum point there.
“The efforts to move the people to the Wanni
would result in establishing a large scale population base to carry
out its recruitment drive. Therefore Tamil people must desist from
moving to the LTTE controlled Wanni area to safeguard their kith
The statement said it was the intention of the
LTTE to plunder the wealth of the Tamil people once they leave their
properties and thereby increase their coffers to maintain its dictatorial
hold on the people.
“The experience of the Tamils during their
mass exodus in 1994 and their social deprivation cannot be erased
from the collective memory of our people. Our people must recall
their experiences when they were exploited by the LTTE and the anti-social
elements while they were living in abject conditions in the Wanni”,
The statement said it was the experience in 1994
that people suffered immensely as a result of inadequate infrastructure
and facilities in the LTTE controlled area. Any full scale attack
by the LTTE against the Sri Lankan Government forces would result
in a significant scale down of supplies to the LTTE controlled areas
by the Government. The extent of the government sanctions on a variety
of important items would affect the daily livelihood of our people.
This would cause deprivation and hardship for our people. Further
the Wanni area does not have adequate medical facilities.
Large scale movement of people could result in
adverse health problems developing for our people. The situation
is beneficial for the LTTE as it will only try to achieve political
mileage by projecting that hardships were brought upon the people
by the Sri Lankan Government.
“We appeal to our people to rise against
the LTTE dictates and make them listen to our people's voices and
The TMVP operatives will work hand in glove with
our people in Jaffna to fight against the tyranny of the LTTE”,
the statement said.
shoot Karuna cadre?
Police Headquarters have launched an investigation
into the shooting of a civilian and the disappearance of another,
following an argument with a group of STF personnel at Maruthamunai
area of Kalmunai.
The two men were riding a motor cycle at the time of the
incident. The man who was shot was reportedly a supporter
of the Karuna group and had returned from Saudi Arabia recently.
According to the STF, they had opened fire when the man had
attempted to flee on being stopped to be checked.
They said he had in his possession a T -81 weapon and some
STF also said they believed he was an LTTE member.
However, Kalmunai police said they were investigating whether
the man belonged to any militant group.