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Around 800 persons who were heading towards Jaffna along the A9 road to stage a protest against the disappearance of two JVP dissidents Lalith Kumar and Kugan Maruganathan, were blocked at Omanthai, Vavuniya today.
The protest was organised by the Movement for People’s Struggle of the JVP dissidents together with a few other civil society organisations and political parties. They were heading towards Jaffna in 20 vehicles including 12 buses.

The Movement’s Convener Chameera Koswatte said that all of them left Anuradhapura at 7.00am today in the hope of reaching Jaffna in the evening.

“Along the way, we were stopped at several points and checked. We were able to reach Omanthai by 5.00pm. Omanthai is around 100 kilomtres off Anuradhapura,” he said.

Mr. Koswatte said that the military did not give any valid reason for the denial of entry to Jaffna.

“They cited road repairs as the reason,” he said.

Meanwhile, TELO Political Leader M.K. Sivajilingam who was in Jaffna said that the security had been tightened in and around the Jaffna bus stand in anticipation of the protest by the JVP dissidents. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • sinhaya Wednesday, 18 January 2012 07:44 AM

    Are you entering a different country? for the border agency to be involved!!!

    lankashantha Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:53 PM

    Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. This is our country name in the papers.

    raj Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:57 PM

    Trouble makers..How di they get to Omanthai?..Should have been stopped before that.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:30 AM

    Rabble-rousers up to no good.

    prabath Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:40 AM

    why they are noe terrorists.. Is there a democrasy?

    siri Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:09 AM

    Dissident, do not depend on NGO money, do some job and let the innocent people to live freely.

    mohan Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:57 AM

    border agency can deny entry without giving any reason :p

    silva Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:34 PM

    If the govt. had been honest about disappeared persons, missing persons, released all those people who were held without charges, this would not have happened!!!

    chtiya Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:36 PM

    Bengasi boys, why do you want to got to Jaffna?
    Pl. Let the Jaffna people have a well deserved breather.

    sg Tuesday, 17 January 2012 01:58 PM

    Good move, democray activating their.


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