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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

What is the SLMM doing for peace in Sri Lanka?

[b]What is the SLMM doing for peace in Sri Lanka?[/b]

From our Colombo Correspondent

[b]Colombo, 07 August, ( [/b]The accidental firing of a gun carried by a soldier sparked off the Innuvil incident. The gun went off around 1.30 p.m. on Thursday (August 4, 2005) inside a barber shop killing Seethurooban (24) and injuring another inside the shop.

This was enough for the LTTE cadres to whip up feeling against the soldiers. Tamil National Alliance Jaffna District Parliamentarian Mavai Senathiraja, whose residence is close to the place of the incident, rang the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) at 2 p.m. and asked them to rush immediately to the spot. SLMM’s office was located only four kilometers away.

The Police, however, rushed in to calm the situation. Superintendent of Police, Charles Wijewardene, was moving with the crowds trying to ease the tensions. The LTTE cadres invited him into a house pretending to negotiate with the agitated people. LTTE had other plans. They bundled him into a van and slipped out through the backstreets until they found a safe place in Kondavail to brutally beat and hack him to death.

In the absence of the SLMM the LTTE gangs took control of the mobs and led attacks on the security forces. SLMM, which was only four kilometers away, took one-and-a-half hours to arrive on the scene. Their absence made all the difference. LTTE had all the time in the world to run riot.

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