Trader complains of SLA intimidation
[TamilNet, Thursday, 22 July 2004, 17:20 GMT]
Mr.S. Sasikumar, a trader residing in the Liberation Tigers controlled
village Thalaiyadi located in Vaththirayan north of Vadamarachchi
east in Jaffna district Thursday complained to the Jaffna regional office
of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
(HRCSL) that he is intimidated and threatened by Sri Lanka Army
soldiers manning Muhamalai checkpoint whenever enters the Sri Lanka government
controlled Jaffna to buy provisions for his shop, civil sources said.
He said in his complaint that he used to visit very often Jaffna to buy
provisions to his shop in Thalaiyadi. Whenever he passes through Muhamalai
checkpoint he is subjected to intimidation and threat by soldiers body checks.
During his last visit to Jaffna town his National
Identity card (NIC) was forcibly removed by soldiers. The soldiers tore
his dress and humiliated him, civil rights sources said.
He appealed to the HRCSL to intervene and to ensure his safety and security
from the SLA soldiers manning the Muhamalai checkpoint, sources said.