Infiltration and attacks by Tiger guerrillas on Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) cadres have prompted its leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna to seek Army assistance to screen members of his party.
This comes after at least eight TMVP members were killed and four wounded in two separate attacks carried out by guerrillas who had infiltrated the TMVP.
The screening process was prompted by the recent recruitment of 42 members to TMVP ranks. Most of them were former LTTE cadres and had told their recruiters that they had given up all connections with the LTTE. They claimed they were seeking TMVP membership since they were coming under military scrutiny regularly.
Karuna held two meetings in Welikanda and Batticaloa yesterday to tell his partymen about the screening process.
Speaking from Batticaloa after the meeting, he said other than screening their own members, the cadres were also being told to be vigilant to prevent any LTTE infiltration into the area. In the latest incident early yesterday, the TMVP office at Kathiraveli came under attack by Tiger guerrillas. One TMVP member was killed and another wounded.