A 9 dead-end for
The government has turned down a request by the
Tamil National Alliance to reopen the A 9 highway so that the body
of the slain parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj could be taken to
Chavakachcheri for the funeral on Wednesday, The Sunday Times learns.
TNA parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah made the
request on behalf of the party on the basis that hundreds of people
from Kilinochchi and other areas would wish to attend the funeral
of the popular MP who was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Friday
morning. The Sunday Times learns that the government turned down
the request due to security factors just as it did in Geneva on
October 28 when the LTTE asked that the Muhamalai entry point of
the A 9 highway be opened.
However, the government has promised to provide
air transport facilities for the body to be flown to Jaffna.
Meanwhile, the TNA, the SLMC, Communist Party,
the Western Province People’s Front and the New Left Front
met in Colombo and appealed to the public to close down shops and
put up white flags on Monday as a mark of respect to Mr. Raviraj.
On Monday, the TNA plans to bring the body to
the Town Hall grounds where it hopes to have a meeting before the
body is flown to Jaffna on Tuesday.