Armed Muslim youths attack Amparai factory workers
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 07 January 2004, 12:44 GMT]
Wednesday at 1.30pm, about 10 Muslim youths in Nainakadu, Sammanthurai in Amparai district attacked Tamil workers and Muslim owners in a brick factory and forced them to flee the workplace, security
sources in Amparai said.
Neary thirty tamil workers from the nearby village of Veeramunai are employed in the brick factory owned by four Muslim residents of Nainakadu.
The armed youths shouted that the Tamil workers are all members
of the Liberation Tigers and threatened the Muslim owners of
severe punishment if they continued to employ the Tamil workers,
said a worker who fled the scene.
Sources in Amparai said that there has been a marked increase in
the activities of armed Muslim youths against Tamil civilians.
In 1990, Tamil families from Veeramunai were displaced when
youths from surrounding Muslim villages entered Veeramunai and
set fire to houses after attacking the Tamil residents. The
displaced families gradually returned to rebuild and resettle
in their old lands.