The residence of Mr CVK Sivagnanam, a veteran civil activist and joint-secretary of the Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK), has been attacked Tuesday night by alleged operatives of the SL military in Jaffna. Mr Sivagnanam narrowly escaped from the squad that attacked the house with concrete blocks. The attackers have smashed most of the windows of the house. The attack comes following the reports that Mr Sivagnanam had shown interest in fielding himself as the chief candidate in the Provincial Council elections on behalf of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), news sources in Jaffna said.
Mr Sivagnanam’s residence is located close to Chaddanaathar temple in Nalloor on Jaffna – Point Pedro Road, an area heavily monitored by the SL military and Police during the night time.
The ITAK joint-secretary, who sustained minor injuries on his face, said the SL Police was not prepared to come to the residence when he phoned Jaffna Police Station while the attack was taking place. In turn, he was told to come to the Police station in person and file a complaint.
The SL police didn’t show up at the site even as 8 hours have passed since the attack reported to them, Mr Sivagnanam told media Wednesday morning.
Mr Sivagnanam heads the Council of NGOs in the Jaffna district. The SL military has threatened his organisation on several occasions from expanding its activities into the war-ravaged Vanni region.
As a sign of warning, heads of dead cows were dumped in front of the entrance to his house some time back.
Threat to journalists and civil activists has sharply escalated in recent times in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils.