SLA tightens restriction on food, fuel transport to Muttur
[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 November 2005, 17:57 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) tightened their restriction on transport of goods including
eggs, meat and fuel into Muttur east from army controlled areas through
the checkpoint of the SLA Kaddaiparichchan army camp from this week.
SLA has also barred Muttur east fishermen from fishing after 6 p.m. as they have to pass through the high security zone
for deep sea fishing, Mr.S.Elilan, LTTE Trincomalee district political head
said Thursday. Muttur east is held by the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
An owner of an eating-house in a Muttur east village was not
allowed to take two hundred eggs to his village through the SLA checkpoint on Tuesday. Soldiers at the checkpoint
had queried the trader whether he was taking the eggs to prepare birthday cake for
LTTE leader Mr.Pirapaharan whose birthday falls on 26 November.
Soldiers allowed the trader to take
the meat he brought from army-controlled area after sustained protest but not
the eggs, Mr.Elilan said.
Mr.Elilan said farmers are allowed to take about 5000 litres of diesel a month to Muttur east areas where more than one hundred and fifty tractors
are being used to plough fields for Maha crop paddy cultivation, Mr.Elilan
Mr.Elilan said a Tamil youth was arrested by soldiers at the
Kaddaiparichchan army camp for taking three compact discs (CD) containing LTTE songs.
This is an act interfering in the fundamental
rights of Tamil civilians. LTTE is not a prohibited organization in Sri
Lanka, he said.
Mr.Elilan said the SLA routinely interferes in preventing rehabilitation and
reconstruction work now being undertaken by several non-governmental
organizations in the Muttur east.