Batti security beefed up


Security has been beefed up in Batticaloa with more and more roadblocks and STF checkpoints set up after five police officers were killed since the conclusion of the Eastern Provincial Council elections.

A senior police officer told The Sunday Times though the Batticaloa district has been cleared of the LTTE a handful of its pistol gang members are still operating in Batticaloa and its outskirts.

After two weeks of tension the Kattankudi area has returned to normal and no major incidents have been reported except that of the abduction of an Open University student whose body was later found. “We have told the TMVP to co-operate with the police during cordon and search operations,” the officer said.

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