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SLA, police exhort money from passengers to Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 10:14 No Comment]

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers and police personnel manning the bus terminal at Vavuniyaa where people travelling to Jaffna have to report first for checking demand money from them for being permitted to travel to Jaffna, sources in Vavuniyaa said. The bus travel being the cheapest, people choose it rather than ship or flight which are run by agencies of prominent persons of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). The demand for bribe from passengers at Vavuniyaa appears to be a ploy to divert them to travel by ship or planes, the sources further said.

More than 4,000 people are waiting in Vavuniyaa to travel to Jaffna as the number of buses available is not enough.

SLA solders and police at the Vavuniyaa bus terminal allow the passengers to board buses only after having fleeced money from 4,000 to 5,000 rupees, the sources said.

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