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Police foil illegal LTTE commemoration in Eastern Province

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Colombo, May 14 - The Sampur Police Station has obtained a court order from the Muthur Magistrate's Court to prohibit planned celebrations in several Eastern Province areas to commemorate deceased members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), particularly those who died in Vellamulli Vaikkal in 2009. 

This is following information from the intelligence agencies.

On attempting to enforce the court order, the Officer in Charge of Sampur Police Station confronted a group preparing for the celebration. The group rejected the court order outright, insisting on proceeding with their plans.

A tense situation emerged as police attempted to arrest the suspects. A female suspect's daughter threatened to kill herself with a knife, creating a standoff. 

The police managed to defuse the situation and arrested four individuals – one male and three females – at the scene. They face multiple charges, including defying a court order, voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapon, grievous hurt by blunt weapon, and using criminal force to deter a public servant from performing their duty. 

The arrests were made on May 12, 2024, and the suspects were remanded by the Muthur Magistrate's Court till May 27, 2024.

Contrary to some social media reports claiming the arrests were due to the distribution of porridge, police clarified that the charges relate to the aforementioned offenses. 

During the incident, a female police officer was seriously injured by one of the suspects wielding a sharp weapon and is currently receiving medical treatment.

Similar celebrations were planned in the Trincomalee Port and Uppuveli police areas. In response, the respective Officers in Charge obtained court orders to prevent these events, resulting in the cancellation of the planned celebrations in compliance with the court's directives.

  Comments - 14

  • Justice Tuesday, 14 May 2024 07:05 PM

    One cannot stop memorials. It’s a fundamental right. Behave like grown up educated people. World War one and two are remembered every year.

    Shera Tuesday, 14 May 2024 07:47 PM

    Memorializing terrorism should never be tolerated. The fact that a WPC was attacked and injured by a group member with a weapon speaks volumes as to the real reason behind this event. Keep up the good work, Police!

    Ratnayaka Tuesday, 14 May 2024 10:34 PM

    The same old wrong propaganda got you think this way mate. There were people, Sri Lankans, in Mulliwaikal during the war who survived on Congee. Mulliwaikal Congee is a worldwide phenomenon and in the UK, MPs are taking part to drink it as a remembrance of resilience of Sri Lankans during difficult time. If you don’t understand, you won’t under The flight of poor people in SL today.

    Adwani Wednesday, 15 May 2024 07:35 AM

    @Shera - Who made them Terrorist???? Why they become Terrorists????? The Answer simple if you know the truth, THE RIOTS FROM 1956 TO 1983.

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:43 PM

    NGO and Diaspora Dollar limiters are supporting this .

    Mandayan Tuesday, 14 May 2024 09:19 PM

    Not only were the readers duped, but the court as well. Since it consistently falls in November, this is not an LTTE remembrance. This congee serves a purpose and is referred to as "Mulliwaikal Congee" worldwide. The people managed to survive in the last several weeks of the battle by using a little half-coconut shell filled with congee. In 2020, during Aragalaya in Colombo, the same congee was served. The unhealthful food is being served, the Court was informed to get the order. Is the same order going to be obtained on Vesak Dhana? There are two laws in this nation.

    Ram Wednesday, 15 May 2024 03:43 AM

    Celebrating a deceased person's life is a matter for the surviving relations

    Mahila Wednesday, 15 May 2024 04:41 AM

    NPP and Vijitha Herath seem to be ‘seeing reason’ and ‘common Ground’, whereas more EMANCIPATED, do not appear to be able to discern!? May be there is a silent move to assist JVP, and NPP resurgence too and Electable!? Interesting development in SL Political Landscape!?

    Mar Wednesday, 15 May 2024 09:02 AM

    Only JVP is allowed!

    Lion Wednesday, 15 May 2024 12:41 PM

    They should have been allowed to commemorate the death of their people, Whether the are Tamil or any other community, it’s their fundamental right

    Shera Wednesday, 15 May 2024 02:13 PM

    @Adwani, did you live through these wars in Sri Lanka? Well I did. And it was my whole life growing up. JVP and LTTE! To this day I am against both groups whether they are now reformed or not!

    Mark Wednesday, 15 May 2024 02:48 PM

    The guys in uniform won't understand the international implications and act like without any sense. This type of acts, make the Tamils to use the Presidential election as an opportunity use as a vote of 'Self-Determination' with a Tamil candidate which will prove to be a long lasting impact. Let's continue with our stupidity.

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:46 PM

    Very racist objective , Tamil candidate, self determination, who gives you the sole ownership of North and East while sharing the right to live anywhere else?

    Danny Wednesday, 15 May 2024 10:57 PM

    @Tissa: That's why we have seen the 1958, 1977 and 1983 violence to chase them out from anywhere else. Don't think out of your hat, they have a reason to have grievances since 1948, through which all the foreigners, namely, Indians, Chinese and now the West came in an at last we are going to lose all and so be happy.

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