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SL Military enforces photo-registration of families in Valikaamam, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:45 No Comment]

Against their wishes, the local officials are forced by the occupying military to undertake Nazi-style photo registration of families in the Jaffna Peninsula. A meeting to this effect was convened at Uduvil Girls College last week by the commanders of the 513 division of Sri Lanka Army, headquartered at Uduvil. Village officials and SL police officials of Cha’ndilippaay, Maanippaay, Thillippazhai and Chunnaakam polici divisions were asked to attend this meeting. Despite their protests, the village officials attended the meeting were instructed to collaborate with the military in the nearest camps during the registration procedures. Civil officials in Jaffna are highly worried that their participation in the military project would earn them animosity of the public.

Village officials in Jaffna pointed out that the registration is unwarranted since the occupying military already possess photographic documentation of the families in Jaffna taken earlier. People are asked to pay for the photos and they have to bear the expenditure for the second time, the village officials said.

But the Army said that the earlier photo-registration was five-years old and want a fresh one. The Army justified the registration saying that many criminal acts are committed by elements coming from other districts and that’s why they want a fresh photo registration.

Village officers also protested that amidst their heavy schedule for the local body elections they cant undertake the cumbersome work of photo-registration. But SL colonial Army ultimately intimidated the village officers.

People in Jaffna suspect foul play and are terrorised at the fresh requirement of photo registration, when SL government and the international community claim that the war is over and now it is time for ‘post-war reconciliation.’

The Uduvil military base was behind many killings and abductions in the past. Some of the recent killings also have taken place within the command area of the military division at Uduvil.

The military was directly involved the photo registration in Thenmaraadchi division and in the islands sector off the peninsula.

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