Violating the election rules, and intervening into the civil affairs, the occupying Sri Lankan military is threatening the Tamil activists campaigning for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the North, said TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran at a press conference held in Jaffna on Friday. Further, the SL military, that doesn’t even understand what is written in the leaflets, is levelling false allegations against the TNA activists that they are distributing leaflets to start ‘another war’. Following that, 40 TNA supporters were detained by the SL Police. At least four people are still under police detention, Mr Premachandran said demanding their immediate release.
If Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is serious about conducting a free and fair election, he should immediately send the SL military into barracks, the Tamil parliamentarian said.
The TNA has conveyed the message to the Sri Lankan election commission.
The TNA has also written to SL president urging him to confine the military to the barracks at least till the elections are over, Mr Premachandran said.
Forty persons were detained by the occupying SL Police at Kodikaamam in Thenmaraadchi on Friday. Four of them are yet to be released.
The detention by the SL police came after the episode of SL military threatening the campaigners alleging that they were distributing leaflets to start a new war.