- Withdraw armed forces from civilian inhabited areas in NE
- Tamil National Alliance in Sri Lanka Parliament
[TamilNet, December 20, 2005 09:50 GMT]
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in a statement tabled in
parliament Tuesday demanded the Sri Lanka government to withdraw all
armed forces from all civilian inhabited areas in the North East.
TNA further called the government to take disciplinary and legal
action against all members of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces who are
responsible for the attack on Tamil civilians in Jaffna district in
the last several days.
The full text of the statement delivered by Mr.R.Sampanthan,
leader of the Tamil National Alliance parliamentary group in
Parliament Tuesday follows: -
I wish to bring to the urgent attention of this House the very grave
and volatile situation faced in the North-East and Jaffna in
particular, due to the conduct of the Sri Lankan armed forces.
On Friday the 16th of December 2005 a young girl by the name of
Ilayathamby Tharshini, 20 years of age and a resident of
Pungudutheivu went missing. On hearing this disturbing news the
local villagers began searching for her whereabouts. On Saturday the
17th of December 2005 her naked was found sexually assaulted in an
abandoned well in close vicinity to a Sri Lankan Naval Camp in
Pungudutheivu. Her body had been severely mutilated.
Circumstances under which the body was recovered clearly indicated
the Sri Lankan Navy's hand in this most despicable act of state
terror. Consequently on Sunday the 18th of December 2005, the people
of the area began to agitate against the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
These protests began to spread spontaneously and the Sri Lankan
Armed Forces began to retaliate against the unarmed civilians by
firing live ammunition at the crowd and using brute force, during
which a postal peon who was also a resident of Pungudutheivu
suffered gunshot injuries and is currently hospitalized in a serious
On hearing the news of this cruel murder and the subsequent
oppressive conduct of the Sri Lankan armed forces towards the
protesting crowds, the students of the Jaffna University decided to
attend the funeral of young Tharshini. The Jaffna University
students were also accompanied by the Mr.Selvarajah Gajendran,
Jaffna district TNA parliamentarian. Whilst they attempted to leave
for Pungudutheivu from Parameswara Junction in Jaffna, the Sri
Lankan armed forces prevented them from proceeding. Consequent to
this the students began to agitate against the actions of the armed
forces who in turn started using violence against the students
including the use of fire arms.
On the following day, Monday the 19th December 2005, the Jaffna
University community inclusive of the Vice Chancellor, Heads of
Departments, Professors, Lecturers, administrative staff embers and
students decided to hand over a petition to the Sri Lanka Monitoring
Mission regarding the incidents.
While they were proceeding, the Sri Lankan armed forces once again
violently prevented the people from proceeding. In this incident
many were inured, out of whom over 15 have been admitted to hospital
with gunshot injuries and injuries caused by blunt weapons. Included
in this list of injured are: -
Prof.K.Mohanthas, Vice Chancellor, Jaffna University
Prof.Perinbanathan- (gunshot injuries)
Pro.Sivachchandran ( assaulted)
Mr.Kandeepan, Medical Faculty Students Union President
Mr.Senthil-Student (gunshot injury)
Mr.S.Pratheepan- Student (assaulted)
Mr.Dharmalingam Ruban-Student (assaulted)
Mr.Piratheepan Journalist, Uthayan newspaper (assaulted)
Mr.Sabeswaran- Journalist Thinakkural (assaulted)
Mr.Jegan- Journalist Thinakaran (assaulted).
Tamil National Alliance vehemently condemns the conduct of the Sri Lankan
armed forces not only with regard to the practice of State Terror against
unarmed innocent Tamil civilians, but also the brutal suppression of the
Tamil peoples' right to peacefully protest against the shameful and
despicable sexual assault and murder of an innocent, vulnerable young girl.
Incidents of this nature have
been systematically used by the armed forces against Tamil civilians as a
weapon of war. That similar incidents continue to occur during times of
a Peace Process seriously calls into question the sincerity of the Sri
Lankan armed forces to the Ceasefire.
Accordingly, the TNA calls upon the government to-
Immediately remove from service the officers in charge of the
Sri Lankan Armed Forces units when the several incidents
referred to above have occurred.
Withdraw all armed forces from all civilian inhabited areas.
Take disciplinary and legal action against all members of the
Sri Lankan Armed Forces responsible for the above incidents.