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The Army has expressed concern over some Indian passport holders, especially some from Tamil Nadu masquerading as peddlers selling Indian saris and frequently visiting the North and spying.

Vanni Security Forces Commander Boniface Perera told the media that a large number of foreigners had entered the North through the Omanthai military checkpoint in Vavuniya.

He said foreign elements including foreign journalists were planning to tarnish the image of the country and that of the Government. Maj. Gen. Perera stressed the need to look into the movement of foreigners through Omanthai and to check how many of them had returned to the South.

The media conference was held on the occasion of relaxing security checks at the checkpoint.

“Groups of Indians visit the north on Visas valid for a month as peddlers selling Indian clothes. It is not possible to sell their stock of goods in a month. These individuals who bring cloth and other articles that attract young women frequent several areas in the North and are known to stay in the country even after the expiry of their Visas. It is doubtful whether they are really traders and not spies. The movement of these individuals should be subject to stricter security checks at the Omanthai military checkpoint,” he said.(Wanni Romesh Madusanka)






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  • Roshan Monday, 02 September 2013 09:04 AM

    Now time to increase the check point in North.

    xlntgson Monday, 02 September 2013 09:58 AM

    Madras cafe, retold? What secret is there for them to get hard and difficult? What secrets left to hide? Assange, Manning and Snowden!

    Suq Madique Monday, 02 September 2013 10:05 AM

    Pasan, these LTTE supporters will always look for something negative to say regardless of what the topic is. Still can't get over the fact their hero died in a mud-hole.

    Suren Sunday, 01 September 2013 10:13 AM

    the indian intelligence guys should be the ones in fact behind making the media frenzy to relax these check points for their own good.The Govet should not relax them at all now as the army has come out with the truth so every one understand the issue well.

    ling Sunday, 01 September 2013 10:17 AM

    Is Army asking for public opinion?

    Labby Sunday, 01 September 2013 10:42 AM

    So even to sell saris one has to now obtain permission from the military, is that it ?

    hello Sunday, 01 September 2013 10:49 AM

    Stories to reinforce the need to remain in the North? You guys must be enjoying out there. So many such things are going on here in the South too. Why don't you come here?

    Yehiya Sunday, 01 September 2013 10:56 AM

    Do not release blind statement according to your boss advise?
    We show our childish act to join with china & pakistan. JR also made the mistake in same point.

    Robert Croos Sunday, 01 September 2013 10:59 AM

    Very true. Even to to urinate in the back yard of your own house!

    Flatwhite Sunday, 01 September 2013 11:00 AM

    Why worry mate if they are illeagal traders no valid visas and indian spies shoot them.

    Yarl Sunday, 01 September 2013 11:15 AM

    if the y over stay, would that be immigration;s duty to inform the authority and not other way around ?
    Then when they exist, how come immigration just let them go ?
    wouldn't they been prosecuted for over stay or a fine of some sort ?
    Just to catch few thieves, what load of shits throw on ordinary people on a daily basis.
    But one thing Army can assist with making sure all the passing vehicles obey the road rules including speed and road worthy vehicles.
    Because Police seem to keen of "notes"than punish them !!

    DAVID Sunday, 01 September 2013 11:51 AM

    SO SEND YOUR PEOPLE TO SELL SARONG.

    FOX Sunday, 01 September 2013 11:52 AM

    YOU CAN DREAM. WHAT CAN I SAY?

    DeSelva Sunday, 01 September 2013 12:17 PM

    hmmm he wants free saris for his wife and lady friends

    bird Sunday, 01 September 2013 12:44 PM

    How did the sarees past through customs when they arrived
    This type of corruption costed a war to carry on
    for over 30 years

    Sim Monday, 02 September 2013 02:06 PM

    Can anyone come on a visit visa and sell saries. How come the customs allow them to bring so many saries which they cant sell in one month.

    Cobra Monday, 02 September 2013 02:04 AM

    What is all this hue and cry by the army? Just do your job, no need to put it in the papers!!!

    Pasan Sunday, 01 September 2013 01:05 PM

    Idiot first read the article!!! Its not about Sri Lankans need the permission to sell saris. Its about the Indians who come here under tourist visa selling saris.

    Nakkiran Sunday, 01 September 2013 02:12 PM

    Thanks madam Pillai

    Ranjith Sunday, 01 September 2013 02:21 PM

    I am sure Robert Croose is an Indian from Tamilnadu. They are the people who urinate in the back yard since they have never seen a toilet during their life time

    realist Monday, 02 September 2013 08:49 AM

    Army probably wants to get into the sari selling game.


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