There was a commotion during the Sathyagraha launched by the IDPs in Jaffna today when a handful of people started to hoot soon after Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had left the place after giving a speech.
The IDPs were on a hunger strike urging the government that they be resettled in the original home lands owned by them.
Eyewitnesses said that the incident began as soon as Mr. Wickremesinghe ended his speech. They said a handful of men had started hooting at Mr. Wickremesinghe when large crowds gathered there started attacking them.
They said the army which rushed to the place had taken these men away.
TNA MP M. A Sumanthiran confirmed that Mr. Wickremesinghe had completed his speech and had left the location of the hunger strike when the hooting began.
He said this group of men had subsequently started assaulting the crowd gathered at the site. However Mr. Sumanithiran said the crowd that out numbered these men began to hit back at them when the army had arrived. He said the army took four suspects away.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said it was sad to see the people who were on a fast being disturbed.
“This cannot be condoned as the IDPs were only exercising their rights to protest,” he said.(Yohan Perera)
The rooting should have started to give the speech and not after he finished his speech .
Amila. G Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:34 PM
Mr. Wickramasinghe what ever you try , you are a looser with selfish agendas
saman Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM
I thought this guy gets hooted only in the south. I pray the guy will realise what is shame soon and leave the unp for good for god sake! via DM Android App
MountainLion Friday, 15 February 2013 02:12 PM
Ranil has to be given his treatment in all parts of the country. He deserves it and will get it soon.
krishna Friday, 15 February 2013 02:18 PM
It is better if you have been there to do that.
raja Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:38 PM
anura Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:49 AM
joke of the day, doing with Koti Supportas
RamUk Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:51 AM
Ask no drag he has a diff spin for tha story
rakavan Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:50 AM
Nodrog Friday, 15 February 2013 03:43 PM
Thankfully the Army was present to save the men from the hostile crowds. Hope the residents now realize the value of having the Army camps.
Dinesh Friday, 15 February 2013 04:10 PM
We still have not learned the lesson from our past......100,000 lives lost.....unnecessarily....just because one or two people wanted to be in power and in control.....Due to our internal conflicts others take advantage, we saw this for the last 30 years.......
We are in space/information age and not in the dark ages.
Lal Friday, 15 February 2013 04:56 PM
Looks like Army/Government has contracted a group of people to create a problem there so that army can intervene and sabotage the protest campaign.
chamantha Friday, 15 February 2013 05:35 PM
This protest not for the people of Jaffna but for Geneva. This is why people do not vote for UNP leader .
sellam Friday, 15 February 2013 05:49 PM
Even the IDPs are unable to perform a peaceful satyagraha. It was the army interference to disturb the peaceful demonstration. What is the alternative?
dava Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:19 AM
DO you think there were wolves?
Surely not our people... Army mistaken.. ha ha
Nothing will happen...
Wala gemba Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:27 AM
Hooters and thugs are a mobile unit In SL that would soon need its own minister - Vermin ? Who says the army safeguarded these lackeys is correct as that would have been part of the ploy !
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