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Tamilnation > Struggle for Tamil Eelam > Conflict Resolution - Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka > Norwegian Peace Initiative > Sri Lanka Army suffers further major debacles > LTTE rounding up youth for forcible conscription says Sinhala owned Sunday Island
Tigers rounding up youth in NE for forcible
Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Sunday Island, 31 January 2002
Villagers are fleeing to Batticaloa Town consequent to the rounding up of youth for forcible conscription by the LTTE. These refugees had to walk long distances through elephants infested jungle to escape their children being taken by force to join them, according to residents of Batticaloa.
On Jan. 19 two armed LTTE men were seen in Batticaloa Town at the motor cycle garage of Ivor at Thaandavanveli. Police personnel contacted them and received orders from higher ups to take out the ammunition from the loaded weapons and to charge them for being in possession of arms. Sources said that further orders from higherups came to take them up to the Chengaladi bridge and send them off.
In the heart of the town the LTTE are entering houses and frightening some inmates and extorting money, sources said.
A retired Jail officer, Mr. Sivapragasam, was visited by the LTTE some days ago and ordered to come to the LTTE point at a certain time and date. Later LTTE men came to his residence and abducted him and took him away. Another person treated similarly has been one Mr. Balasubramaniam.
LTTE cadres boldly walk into schools and address the A. L. students and demand that they join them. When asked by some students, about the ceasefire and peace they laugh sarcastically and tell them, that talks of peace are mere yarns and eventually they have to win their rights by fighting.The two LTTE men who had been at Ivors Motor Cycle Garage have been identified as Subramaniam Premachandran and Suresh Kumar. It is reported that on January 17 these two men visited the Kallar School on a recruitment drive and parents who had been tipped about this ran to the school and took away their children. Hearing that the STF had also been informed and were coming, the two men fled by Pattirippu bridge. Parents have now stopped their children from attending school.
The LTTE cadres have told the people in Batticaloa that they will be opening offices in town and will be in charge of all administration.
The situation is worse than it was after the IPKF went and the people here were left to the mercies of the LTTE.
Those who co-operated with the Government loyally are being pinpointed to be their victims.
When the parents who fled with their children asked the principals of schools for the school leaving certificates the principals of the School had said that the LTTE had instructed them not to release the certificates and asked parents to bring letters of permission from the LTTE.
Some of the houses of parents who fled from their villages have been taken over and sealed by the LTTE and where some of the refugees had requested some relatives to cultivate their fields they have been chased out and prevented from doing so.
People affected are in fright and fear to complain to anyone for such in the fear of the LTTE.
The Army and the Police here are aware of the harassment by the LTTE of the innocent rural Tamil people. In fact when complaints were made to them they frankly told the people who made complaints - "We can only advice you, sell all your property and run away from the East."
The Forces are powerless, for from top it has been dinned into them "Avoid all confrontation."