Authorities Deny Baseless Media Reports
[Updated :: 2010-11-02
There has been speculation in a few media outlets of an unruly situation
at the Jaffna Library on 23rd October, after visitors from the south
were denied entry to the premises by library authorities.
to the Chief Librarian Mr. Sabharatnam Thanabalasingham, the reason
for the unusual restriction on entry was a Medical Association Convention
held in the Library auditorium, attended by prominent medical professionals,
intellectuals and distinguished persons from Colombo and the North.
reason had not been properly conveyed to the crowd of visitors by
the security guard at the entrance. They had responded aggressively
at what seemed an arbitrary change to usual practice, but security
personnel were soon able to control the situation.
some reports stressed the altercation apparently to promote further
dissension and to facilitate political advantages to elements attempting
to fish in the troubled water. Contradicting such reports, Library
and Jaffna Municipal authorities deny any violence as alleged within
the premises on the above day. No subsequent similar incidents have
given the possible problems that might arise from the previous practice
of unrestricted entry to visitors at all time, the Jaffna Municipal
Council has introduced new policies with regard to visiting hours,
considering the possible inconvenience caused by multiple visitors
to members using the library for academic purposes. Subject to these,
visitors are free to see the library as other libraries in the country.
sum, while library authorities while refute misleading media reports
about the incident, they request visitors in future to follow the
rules prescribed by the Jaffna MC as to visiting hours.