A motorbike squad, allegedly operated by the SL military intelligence, on Monday, lobbed a grenade on the house of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) youth wing coordinator of Jaffna islets Mr Nishanthan. The attack took place around 9:00 p.m. targeting Nishanthan’s house situated on Vyman Road, near Nalloor Kanthasaami temple in Jaffna. The attack on Nishanthan comes after the occupying SL navy entered the house of TNA politician Anaimukan, accusing him for tolling bells on the Heroes Day coinciding with the Kaarthikai festival in the temples of Kaarainakar.
The youth politician said that he narrowly escaped the attack, as the grenade had hit a tree and exploded outside the house.
Nishanthan had earlier defected the EDPD after exposing fraud in the administration of the EPDP controlled municipal council of Jaffna where he had been an elected member.
Opposing the EPDP, the young politician from Veala’nai islet worked briefly with the SLFP’s Ankajan group and later started to work with the TNA, taking a lead role in mobilising the youth of the islets sector. Nishanthan is now the coordinator of the youth wing of the TNA in the islets off the Jaffna peninsula.
The EPDP, which is controlling the islets with an iron fist, has a grudge on him. One of his associates has reportedly gone missing recently.