Kaluwanchikudy residents condemn Karuna group

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 March 2004, 14:24 GMT]
The people of Kaluthavalai-Kaluwanchikudy in the Batticaloa district have shredded the leaflets issued by the Karuna group, and the Tamil Alai newspaper controlled by the group in Kokkadicholai, condemning the group for warning the people of Batticaloa-Amparai against having any contacts with the Tamil national leadership based in the Vanni, sources in Battticaloa said.

The Tamil people of the area have said that they will not aid the ďconspiracyĒ by some Tamil groups in the East in partnership with "malicious" elements attempting to divide the North-East, the sources said. A group of attackers from the Karuna group, led by the groupís leader for the area, Mr. Sutha, have visited the area and attacked the people who shredded the pamphlets and the newspaper.

Bills condemning the Karuna groupís order not to have any contact with the LTTE leadership have also appeared on the walls of homes in Araiyampathy.

The renegade group has again banned the Thinakural newspaper from being distributed in Batticaloa.

Twice earlier, the groupís cadres set fire to the Thinakural and banned the sale of the paper. However, in the last two days, the paper has been sold again. The Karuna group has now issued death threats to the regional manager of the newspaper in Batticaloa and banned the sale again.

Meanwhile, in Batticaloa town, a bicycle repair shop on Ellai road, close to the Railway station, has been burnt down by unidentified persons Tuesday evening, when the area was crowded. Eye witnesses said that two youths on a motorbike set fire to the shop. The shop carried banners in support of the Karuna group, sources said, adding that the incident happened in front of the owner of the shop, and that this was the first such attack against the Karuna groupís supporters.

In the mean time, with only ten days to go for the general elections, electioneering is heating up in the Tamil areas of Batticaloa.

The EPDP, the PLOTE and the UNP are actively engaged in electioneering in Batticaloa town. The EPDP and PLOTE are also targeting the villages of Valaichenai, Santhiveli, Vantharumoolai, Kaluthavalai, Kaluwanchikudy and Thurai Neelavanai, the sources said.

 

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