Unrest in Kinniya

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A tense situation prevailed in Kinniya in Trincomalee when a large number of civilians surrounded and attempted to overrun the Kinniya Navy detachment claiming that a ‘Grease Devil’, was and is hiding inside the camp. Police arrested 24 suspects following the clash.

However Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the motive of certain groups was to close down the camp as the navy has been arresting persons in the area for conducting illegal fishing by using explosives and persons who were engaged in drug dealing.

“We requested for reinforcement last morning and the police teams which came for our assistance also came under attack. Several police jeeps were damaged as a result of it.

Individuals engaged in various illegal activities are in the forefront of this,” he said.

According to police the tense situation had started on Sunday night after mosque when rumours had spread that a ‘Grease Devil’ was hiding inside the Navy camp. Thereafter the people had surrounded the navy camp.

The Kinniya Divisional Secretariat office was also surrounded by at least 500 people demanding the police to release the 24 suspects arrested by the police over the incident. Eastern Province Security Forces Commander Major General Boniface Perera and government officers were conducting a meeting on the situation inside the Kinniya Divisional Secretariat when the people surrounded it.

However later on 24 suspects who were arrested for attacking the police and damaging state property in Kinniya were released on police bail last evening.
Several teams from the police with the assistance of the army have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order. The Kinniya police are conducting further inquiries into the incident under the directions of Trincomalee DIG Ravi Waidyalankara.

Meanwhile more reinforcements have been placed in Pottuvil, Kattankudy and Thirukkovil following clashes between civilians and law enforcement agencies as a result of an elephant census, with people mistaking census officers hiding in jungles as ‘Grease Devils’, robbers and army deserters.

The
Eastern Province has many Army, Navy and Special Task Force (STF) camps. With the end of the war several camps were removed. (Supun Dias)



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  • Godaya Monday, 15 August 2011 02:07 PM

    Why should some of the suspects run into security forces camps? You try and find out.

    S.Dilruk Monday, 15 August 2011 03:09 PM

    Do you want to impose sharia law in the east ???

    Unchikun Monday, 15 August 2011 07:56 AM

    Soon the cat will be out of the bag.

    Samba Monday, 15 August 2011 08:00 AM

    What a chaos Grease Devils have done.

    Berty Silva Monday, 15 August 2011 08:00 AM

    The public have lost confidence in the Police and the Government.

    Fayad Monday, 15 August 2011 08:17 AM

    People has lost confidence with police this not for the first time

    azath Monday, 15 August 2011 08:26 AM

    Many of the suspects caught by the public were police or armed forces, what is the real motive behind this act?

    sham Monday, 15 August 2011 08:31 AM

    Every Where in the world Choas, fighting, looting, political unrest, religious hatred........

    Myans Calculations must be wrong......... the world should have ended few years back!!!!!!!!

    Imran Monday, 15 August 2011 08:51 AM

    Police, please follow proper procedure and do not release any body due to political pressure.
    Also, please eradicate and eliminate all unwanted elements from the east.

    Ahamed Monday, 15 August 2011 09:37 AM

    So, you are saying: To remove unwanted element in the East This is a well planned drama (Grease Devil) by the Police?

    Nagaragiri Kiththil Monday, 15 August 2011 10:15 AM

    What do they do in Syria?

    S.Dilruk Monday, 15 August 2011 10:15 AM

    In which news source & when it caught? prove it. Don't talk nonsense & don't show your unawareness of the subject.

    Imran Hussein Monday, 15 August 2011 11:53 AM

    Your comment is like minister Fowzie's speech yesterday. withousorting out the real problem or giving answers he was busy praising the president. You asking assistance from police. You the only guy here think that police is carrying out a superb job.


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