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US-trained commander of SL military steps up surveillance on Jaffna University

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:42 No Comment]

The commander of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka in Jaffna, Major General Udaya Perera, who was trained and awarded in the US Army War College in 2012, after his role in the genocidal onslaught in 2009 followed by counter-insurgency foreign service, is engaged in creating fear psychosis among the Tamil youth, ex-LTTE members and the civil society in North before Tamil Heroes Day, Tamil activists in Jaffna say. Two ‘surveillance centers’ have been created near the University of Jaffna in recent days at Naachchimaar koayil and at Kaladdi Junction, obtaining civilian houses within 500 meters and one km from the university premises. The primary task given to the intelligence operatives is to block activists and students from marking Tamil Heroes Day on November 27.

Udaya Perera had summoned all intelligence officers from various parts of the Jaffna peninsula last week to Palaali military base. Specific instructions were given to the intelligence operatives on how to create fear psychosis among the public to block any attempt to mark the Tamil Heroes Day in Jaffna.

Armed SL military soldiers have been posted every 10 feet along the streets in the vicinity of the University since Friday.

Informed sources told TamilNet Saturday that the Vice Chancellor Vasanthy Arasaratnam has been reluctant this year to shut down the university, citing possible protests from the administration, teachers and the students.

Last year, the University administration in Jaffna was under criticism for obeying to the instructions by the SL military to shut down the university during the Heroes Day week.

However, a final decision has not been made. But, the SL military, by deploying military personnel, is exerting pressure on the administration of the university, the sources further said.

The normalcy required for the education activities at the University of Jaffna has been seriously compromised by the increased deployment of Sri Lankan military personnel in the vicinity, including the main entrance of the university, said Amirthalingam Rajakumaran, the president of the Jaffna University Teachers Association (JUTA), who met the press at the University premises on Friday.

“The entire university community has come under harassment by the deployment of SL military personnel in the vicinity of the University of Jaffna,” he said.

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