SLA soldiers remanded for firing at Jaffna civilians
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 December 2003, 16:30 GMT]
The Jaffna additional Magistrate, Ms Srinithi Nandasekaran, Wednesday ordered
remand till December 23 for three soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army when they
were produced by the Jaffna Police in connection with the shooting incident
that had taken place in Jaffna bus stand Tuesday evening, causing injuries
to civilians, legal sources said.
The Police arrested the 3 SLA soldiers Wednesday following directives from
the superiors in connection with the incident when one soldier fired at a
newspaper seller when he was engaged in the sale of "EELANATHAM," a Tamil
daily published in Kilinochchi. In that incident, the paper seller had escaped
unhurt but a bus conductor at the scene was hit and seriously wounded,
Meanwhile, the International Students' Association of Thamileelam (ISAT)
Wednesday in a statement condemned the Jaffna Police for providing security
to army soldiers who have been engaged in committing atrocities against
civilians in the Jaffna district.
The Jaffna police had failed in its duty to provide security to civilians
on Tuesday when the army soldiers fired at civilians. Instead, the police
had rushed to the site and escorted the soldiers who fired at civilians to a safe place. The police had joined the soldiers in attacking the civilians with batons and other weapons, the ISAT in its statement alleged.
The people of Jaffna district would not condone the atrocities of the
Jaffna police any more in the future. The consequences would be serious if the
police continued their partisan approach towards civilians, the ISAT statement