Will Never Allow Scrupulous Elements to Disturb Peace now Being
Enjoyed by People in Jaffna”– Jaffna Commander
:: 2011-08-23 19:59:21 Hours]
“Our soldiers have suffered enough for more than thirty years.
They are still spending sleepless nights to protect the people
in Jaffna. As the Commander Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J), I
will never ever allow my soldiers or the Police to suffer anymore
at the hands of unlawful gangsters,” said Jaffna Commander Major
General Mahinda Hathurusinghe addressing a gathering of local
media representatives at the Civil Affairs and Public Relations
Office on the Hospital Road, Jaffna.
conference was organized to educate the present security situation
in Jaffna subsequent to the incident of violence created by an
violence erupted in Muslim-inhabited Navanthurai area Monday (22)
night over an fabricated story of appearance of a “Grease Yaka”.
Police with assistance of the Army controlled the situation using
minimum power and arrested 102 goons who provoked around 500 people
against an Army sentry point.
“We have a
clear mandate here to protect the people and their property. As
members of a disciplined Army, we never allow anyone to take the
law into their hands and attack the Police or Security Forces
or to fulfill the ulterior motives of frustrated warmongers,”
said that those who carry clubs, stones, swards, knives, sand
and petrol-filled bottles to attack defenders of law could be
branded as terrorists and no mercy will be shown towards them.
Mr.Nevil Pathmaddeva who had rushed to the scene of the incident
last night told the media “People in the area told the Police
that Army is providing many things to them in their daily affairs.
Army provides loud speakers for their weddings, tents, water and
“Then who wanted to provoke people against such friendly soldiers,”
SSP questioned. “People knew that Army would never harm them even
if they intruded into the camp with clubs and petrol bottles and
all in their hands. That is why they broke into the camp alleging
that Army is keeping one “Grease Yaka” in their hiding. Even a
Police jeep does not enter an Army camp without permission” the
Policemen were injured and two Police vehicles were badly damaged
by the violent mob. Police arrested 102 gangsters and released
two A / L students who were among them on compassionate ground.
Commanding 51 Division Major General Janaka Walgama speaking at
the briefing asked if so-called “Grease Yaka” had harmed anyone,
or the Police had received any complaint in this regard.
in this peninsula has the contact number of the Jaffna Commander.
They contact him for even trivial matters. They use those numbers
to get consolation for their grievances. Then what is the reason
for them not to contact the SF Commander over this incident?”
Maj. Gen. Walgama claimed.
said that soldiers are spending sleepless nights throughout to
protect Jaffna and its people while nearly 600,000 people are
sleeping comfortably without any fear and why should they suffer
any more at the hands of any unlawful goons.
Jaffna / Kilinochchi Muslim Federation Al Haj A.H. Jamal Mohideen
told the media gathering that Muslims are observing Ramzan these
days. “This is not Muslims’ behaviour in general. We want to live
in harmony with Tamils. Only a few are involved in these violent
activities,” he further said.
media personnel for their presence at the press briefing SF-J
Commander concluded saying, “Some people may say that presence
of the Army is too much in Jaffna. But very same people have forgotten
that we are serving people at their request. But please remember,
reducing Army in Jaffna is decided by higher authorities not by
any interested parties. That will be done at the right time,”
DIG Mr. Neil
Daluwatta, Brigadier General Staff SF-J Brig. B.C.J.A.F. Rodrigo,
HQI Jaffna Police Station Mr. Saman Sigera and representatives
from the Muslim community in Jaffna were also present.