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stopped me at the Maambalam junction last night when I was going
home, dragged me inside a building there, hung me upside down by my
feet and brutally assaulted me until I fainted, said Mr. Balasingham
Daiyaniharan, 21, a resident of Ariyalai, in his statement to the
Jaffna magistrate, Mr. R. P Vicknarajah, at the Teaching Hospital in
the northern town Sunday noon. Three civilians and two journalists
attacked and injured by SLA soldiers and Police Saturday night have
been admitted for treatment at Jaffna Teaching Hospital.
Mr. Daiyaniharan works as a labourer in Jaffna town.
“I was returning from work last evening when I heard
there was trouble at Maambalam Junction. Therefore I waited and went
home after confirming everything was quiet", he said.
The magistrate recorded the statements of the injured.
“I was chased by some Policemen while covering the
incident last night. I showed one of them my government press card.
He looked at it and assaulted me so mercilessly that I fainted at
the spot, my head bleeding. I can identify my attacker”, said Mr. K.
Ithayapavan, the staff reporter of the Jaffna daily, Valampuri, in
his statement to the Jaffna magistrate.
Police smashed up his digital camera and bicycle. A
motorbike belonging to Valampuri staffers who went in search of Mr.
Ithayapavan was also smashed by troops that were searching the area
house to house.
Mr. A. sabeswaran, a staff report of the Jaffna daily
Thinakkural, one of the journalists who were assaulted Saturday
night by soldiers and Policemen was admitted with a bone fissure to
Jaffna hospital Sunday morning.
“I work in the Jaffna town as a painter. I live in
Ariyalai. The only usable route to Ariyalai from Jaffna town is
through Maambalam Junction. So I had no option but to take this
route around 10 p.m. last night after I heard that everything had
become quiet there. But soldiers and Policemen arrested me and threw
me into a sentry point at the junction. They tied up my hands and
legs. Then the soldiers brutally assaulted me all over with clubs”,
said Mr. Ramanathan Ramtheesan, 24, in his statement.
Police and army arrested 13 persons last night following
a melee that was sparked off by an accident in which a speeding Sri
Lanka army vehicle knocked down an auto-rickshaw Saturday evening at
Maambalam Junction a suburb in the eastern sector of Jaffna town,
The injured civilians admitted to the Jaffna Teaching
Hospital are under Police guard.
“They were all innocents who were passing through the
junction on their way home to Ariyalai”, a resident of a
neighbourhood near Maambalam Junction told TamilNet.