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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

Karuna declares war on Jaffna Tamils resident in the East

Colombo, 06 July, ( Despite attempts by the Sri Lankan army to patch up differences Karuna, who is hoping to be the leader of the eastern Tamils, has declared war on the ‘Yarlapanis’, Tamils from Jaffna. This sharpens the regional differences among Tamils and brings a new element of Tamils fighting Tamils on a regional basis. Karuna broke away from the Tamil Tiger outfit blaming discrimination against the eastern Tamils by the LTTE dominated by Jaffna Tamils.

Karuna’s first move in this latest twist is to issue an order to the parents of the members of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Minister Douglas Devnanda demanding that their children should immediately give up their membership in other political parties.

He has directed his military cadres Thillepan, Jeyanthiran, Veera, Sinnathamby, and Riyaseelan to identify the Jaffna people living in their respective areas and forces them to leave the Eastern province. These commanders have sent out letters to those parents whose children are members of the EPDP to come to their offices for a meeting to discuss about the future of their children who are enlisted as members of political parties led by Jaffna leaders.

Observers are keenly watching the reaction of the Sri Lanka Government to this move. Tamil activists argue that the Sri Lankan government cannot hand over the east to Karuna after liberating it from the Tigers. They say that the Tamils have suffered enough under the Tigers. Karuna taking over the east will be like Tamils exchanging pepper for chilies, said a Tamil activist from the east.

In the meantime, a meeting was held yesterday afternoon at the Kommanthurai Army base to resolve the differences between the EPDP members in Chenkaladi and the Karuna Group. This was a move to defuse the tension after the Karuna’s group marched into the office of the EPDP and started attacking and firing indiscriminately at EPDP members.

At this meeting Karuna group was represented by Sinnathamby, Rajan and Sinnavan. On behalf of the EPDP Eelamaran, Anton, P.Vijayan and Viji participated.

Sri Lankan Army officers severely warned the Karuna Group for intimidating and attacking the EPDP Political Office.

It was revealed that Karuna group has been harassing the EPDP, the only paramilitary group established in SLA controlled areas of both North and East, to prevent EPDP cadres campaigning in Batticaloa district for the last two months.

Attack on the EPDP office was led by Raja and Gnanni of the Karuna Group, who marched in with a dozen of their cadres.

Karuna group cadre Gnanni, who led the attack against the EPDP, it is reported, died of gunshot injuries. Also Sivagnanam Suthaharan, 23, and Kovinthan Vishnu, 21 of the EPDP sustained injuries.

Karuna cadres fled the scene leaving the dead body and six lethal weapons which they brought to attack the unarmed EPDP cadres , two motorcycles and a lorry.

Yesterdasy Sinnathamby told the peace meeting held in Army base, that Raja and Gnanni marched into the EPDP office without his authority and he tendered his apology for the attack by his cadres.

Earlier, Sinnathamby appealed to the EPDP delegates to release the Lorry, two motor Cycles and the assault rifles A.K.47, T 56 and also the LMG.

Asian Tribune learnt that the Army which took custody of the 5 lethal weapons confiscated from the Karuna’s cadres, handed them back to Sinnathamby after obtaining a written assurance that hereafter they will never harm the EPDP cadres.

EPDP released the two motorcycles and the lorry to Sinnathamby.
In the meantime Karuna has released printed pamphlet in Batticoloa and Amparai districts in the name of ‘Parakum Makkal Padai’ warning the Jaffna Tamils to leave the east.

- Asian Tribune -

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