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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

Life in Galle limbed back to normal: "Tamils’ shops are given security"

By Vandana Jayasinghe in Colombo

Colombo, 28 October, ( Rumours of terrorist attacks have brought fear into the lives of people who live in tsunami hit Galle city, where the Liberation of Tamil Tigers of Eelam attacked the Dakshina Naval Base on last week.

Apart from rumours, sounds of shooting at the Dakshina Naval Base on last Wednesday had created a mini pandemonium, where people ran for life, in Galle city. Later they were told that it was a misfire at the Naval base.

The Additional Divisional Secretary W. Weerakoon told the "Asian Tribune" that the life in Galle has come back to normal, but still the people were in fear of terrorist attacks due to rumors despite tight security in the City.

He said that the government institutions, schools and other business places functioned as usual. "The Disaster Management Unit of the Galle Divisional Secretariat has alerted the people that there was no danger. And the unit carries surveillance round the clock," he said.

After the terrorist attack three shops belong to Tamils had been looted but no one was injured due to the incident. According to Weerakoon, all the shops belong to Tamil people were now given security and the situation was controlled within 45-minutes of the outbreak of violence with the help of the Navy and Police.

"The Tamil families in Kaluwella, where the unfortunate incident took place, are living peacefully with Sinhalese families over the years and there is nothing between them," he said.

According to Weerakoon, looters were not from the vicinity but from the outside the city who came to Galle to take the advantage from the incident.

He said that there is no loss to the tourism industry and tourists can be seen as usual.

- Asian Tribune

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