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The military today denied allegations made by TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah that the military was obtaining money from Jaffna residents, forcing people to pose for family photographs in the Jaffna town and also forcing them to sign various forms in Sinhalese.

Military Spokesman Major General Ubaya Madawela rejected the allegations as baseless. “Every citizen is obliged to register under the police ordinance and not only in Jaffna it is been conducted in places like Gampaha as well as there is a plan to implement a system of electronic identification in the near future”, he said.

TNA MP Senathirajah alleged in his letter that the military is forcing people in the Kilinochchi district to sign forms written in Sinhalese that they do not understand.

He also charged that these actions have caused great fear and panic among the people in the area and such incidents have also been reported in the Irupalai, Kopay and Kalviyankadu areas.

However rejecting the chargers Major Gneral Medawala said they are yet to register people in Jaffna.

“Why should the military make money by asking people to pose for family photographs in public places in the Jaffna town, these allegations are baseless and we totally rejects such claims”, he said.

He also said that the security in Jaffna is in the best hands and the army is doing a remarkable job to ensure the security and provide assistance in development projects in the peninsula.

“The Law and Order in the peninsula is carried out by the police with assistance from the army. However the army is also focused on working in development projects in the area, especially road development projects”, he said. (Supun Dias)

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  • Konde bendapu china Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:13 PM

    This TNA still trying put mud on SL Army

    Anushka Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:16 PM

    So how does the army get money buy making the public take photographs and fill out forms? At least make the story believable TNA.

    Yehiya-Doha Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:17 PM

    Yes. this is true. No one is beliveing the state media report.
    You should tell the truth always. Thats why India pointing the fisherman issue to you.

    Ezhilini Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:29 PM

    In a statement Govt Agent of Jaffna commented this as a security measure. hmm.. GA also speaking lies!!

    cracko Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:36 PM

    Unfortuately what TNA says is true mate. Would you sign a paper written in a language you cannot read?

    namal Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:52 PM

    Only in Sri Lanka are you forced to sign something which is in a language you don't know.

    Priyanka Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:52 PM

    it is easy to deny so you do not need to prove. Good strategy adoped by the government of Sri Lanka is a denial.

    SL Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:47 PM

    TNA is playing the victim card telling these lies.

    ajasatta Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:04 PM

    yeah yeah in Canada, Norway, US and Europe they all make us sign all our papers papers in our own language... I can see all the LMAO!!!!

    nightman Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:13 PM

    My relative been subjected to this in Jaffna a week ago. it is really sick..

    David Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:40 PM

    Keep up the good work comrades, 90 % of the country is with you, compared to negligible separatist minority in North ...!!!

    Wara Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:09 PM

    by charging for the photos and forms!

    Wara Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:15 PM

    of course you won't know if u live in Colombo! what else to expect!

    lion Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:50 PM

    it may have been aliens!

    Tom samUSA Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:55 PM

    Please tell us one thing the "military " has owned up.
    Once these asses get rounded up by ICC the truth will surface.

    Thomas Wednesday, 09 February 2011 02:11 AM

    Instead of harassing the civil population, the Military should start selling Vegetables in Jaffna, like what they do in Colombo district.

    amkoon1 Wednesday, 09 February 2011 02:48 AM

    This may be a part of propaganda carried out by pro LTTE elements. Jaffna citizens should realize the danger of pro LTTE elements trying to control activities in North. But if there is any issue regarding documents being in Sinhalese only then the government should avoid that. That is a right of tamils which cannot be ignored.


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