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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Jaffna remains tense as sporadic incidents of violence

[b]Jaffna remains tense as sporadic incidents of violence continues to emerge.[/b]

[b]Colombo, 22 December, ( [/b]Sporadic incidents of violence exacerbates in the Jaffna peninsula, as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is engaged in a hide seek battle against the Sri Lanka Army. The Tamil rebel outfit as well as the Army are said to be on the offensive against each other, while incessant charges and countercharges continues. According to reports reaching Colombo, a very tense situation is prevailing in Jaffna, while incidents of violence are reported to be alarmingly on the increase.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University S. Mohandas has announced that the University would remain closed since 1st of January, as there was no guarantee for the safety of the students as well as the University staffs.

According to reports, Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka has turned down a request to remove army camp near the Jaffna University neighborhood and the newly erected sentry points. On Wednesday evening 20 Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians made this request when they met the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse at ‘Temple Trees’ to discuss incidents that took place at the Jaffna University premises a few days ago.

Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka explained that a "third force" in Jaffna is using peaceful demonstrations to instigate violence and therefore Sri Lanka Army (SLA) had to take defensive action, justifying the recent attacks by the SLA soldiers on the protesters in Jaffna, during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse.

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