PEOPLE FACE STARVATION &
- North/East Citizens Committee
- 9 November 1987 reported in Tamil Times of
THE following is the text of an appeal dated 9
November sent by the Co-ordinating Committees of
the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka
to the Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi,
concerning the privations to which the Tamil
people are subjected and the excesses committed
by the Indian Peace Keeping Force:
`This hour of extreme peril and imminent
extermination of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka
has come as the inevitable consequence to the
military operation of the Indian Peace Keeping
Force against LTTE. We wish to place before you
the following facts for your kind consideration
and immediate action.
`Your Excellency would have been appraised of
the indefinite curfew imposed throughout the
Jaffna peninsula from the 10th of last month by
the Indian Peace Keeping force. This operation
against LTTE has brought to a standstill all
economic activities of the Tamil people of Jaffna
and the entire population faces complete
starvation and slow death.
`All transport have been paralysed cutting off
supply lines of food commodities from Colombo and
other places and distribution of existing stock
of food, There is neither electricity nor
lighting fuel. No exchange and flow of money
owing to the closure of all banks and all
sections of the people are deprived of their
monthly income and daily wages.
`The continued artillery shelling
intermittant, aerial bombing and helicopter
strafing have driven the whole population from
thier homes abandoning all their possessions.
There is chaos and confusion among the entire
population and they are in the depth of fear and
apprehension, worst of all the people have no
place or facilities to take even the gravely
wounded for treatment, as all hospitals remain
`The Jaffna government Hospital which has been
catering day and night for all urgent cases from
all parts of the Jaffna peninsula remaining
dominantly under the IPKF control and there is no
access what so ever to this provincial Hospital
to the needy patients.
`The Jaffna Hospital came under heavy fire
from the IPKF on the Deepawali Day ie. 24th
October. It is with great regret and grave
concern that we are forced to bring to your kind
notice that on the attack made by the Peace
Keeping Force 3 Doctors, the Matron of the
Hospital, 3 Senior Nurses, 2 Overseers, the
Ambulance Driver, the Telephone Operator, the
Lift Operator, the Storekeeper and 11 minor
employees and about 100 patients and their
relations were shot dead.
`Following this attack all the Supervising
Medical Officers and all other staff have kept
away from work out of fear. The whole hospital
administration has collapsed and the hospital
remains inaccessible to the public. All the
Doctors and staff of the hospital will give
evidence if an impartial inquiry is held. The
names of the hospital staff killed are as
Dr. A. Sivapathasundaram (Paediatrician)
Mr. M.J. Ganesharatnam.
MATRON Mrs. Vadivelu.
Miss. R. Ramanathan.
ABULANCE DRIVER. Mr. V. Shanmugalingam
TELEPHONE OPERATOR Mr. Kanagalingam.
Mr. K. Krishnarajah.
Mr. K. Selvarajah.
Mr. R. Sugumar.
Mr. John Peter.
Mr. K. Vetharaniam.
`The above are some of the grave hardships
mercilessly imposed on an innocent peace loving
people who have been looking forward to your
Excellency's help for deliverance from the
atrocities and gruesome killings by Sri Lankan
armed forces. The entire population of Jaffna has
reached that last minute of their power of
endurance and we have lost all recourse if your
Excellency does not come to our rescue
`We therefore appeal to your Excellecny to
your sense of even justice, to your concern for
the preservation of Human Rights and your
unfailing faith in the peaceful solution of all
problems, to order an immediate ceasefire and
employ more peaceful and suitable political
measures to enforce the acceptance of the Peace
Accord by the LTTE and the surrendering their