Civilians call for transfer of Aalaiyadiveambu STF Commander

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 March 2008, 01:11 GMT]
Civilian groups in Aalayadiveampu in Akkaraipattu police division, Ampaa’rai district, are agitating for the immediate transfer of the Thirukkoayil Special Task Force (STF) commander after he failed to attend a special meeting convened Saturday by higher officials to discuss sexual abuse of women by unidentified armed men, local sources said.

The meeting held to allay the fears of the general public regarding recent activities of unidentified armed men involved in sexually abusing women in the area was attended by many higher officials of Sri Lanka Army (SLA), a number of doctors, District Secretary, Grama Sevakas (village level administrators) and many prominent members of the public.

Failure of the commander of the STF camp to attend the meeting has raised suspicions of his complicity in the sexual harassment of women, local residents said.

During the past few weeks a number of armed men have been attempting to force themselves into several homes by gaining entry through the roof and trying to molest the women, and a fact finding good will meeting was arranged by STF officials Saturday to gather further information about the incidents.

Fear among residents the unsavoury activities of the armed gangs is widespread in the area, and the residents have started staying in groups during the night for safety, sources said.

The armed men have been intruding into many homes in the 7th and 8th divisions in Aalayadiveampu and tried to sexually abuse the women inmates, the residents complain.

Meanwhile, other acts of this STF officer including videotaping the public of the area a few weeks back, segregating the women and men and investigating them, and beating to death a 14 year boy traveling along the road where an STF commando was shot to death earlier, have angered the local residents, and further suspect of his complicity in the recent activities of the armed men, a spokesman for the public said.

The members of the public attending the meeting appealed to the SLA officers to take immediate action to allay fears of the residents by curbing the activities of the armed men.

 

Latest 15 Reports
19.04.18 21:15   Photo
JUSU urges Tamils to mark Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance in its true spirit of uprising
18.04.18 23:03  
Cooray emerges as broker of civil contracts to occupying Sinhala military in North
17.04.18 23:31  
SL Resettlement Ministry twists figures on lands seized by Sinhala military in North
16.04.18 20:02  
Mano Ganesan challenged in Jaffna, politician complains of threat
15.04.18 10:13  
7 DS officials under pressure to collaborate with Sinhala colonisation schemes in Batticaloa
14.04.18 23:19  
Colombo schemes new type of subservient CSD colonies in Jaffna diverting foreign aid
13.04.18 23:18   Photo
SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail
12.04.18 19:03  
SL Forest department blocks access to 300 acres of agricultural lands in Ampaa'rai
11.04.18 23:20  
Tamil political prisoner launches hunger-strike at Anuradhapura prison
10.04.18 18:19  
Genocidal Sri Lanka imposes forcible military training for CSD pre-school teachers
09.04.18 11:40   Photo
Fisheries society cautiously welcomes Court decision on fishing access to Naayaa'ru Tamils
08.04.18 23:28  
Militarisation of pre-schools akin to child soldiering: NPC Education Minister
07.04.18 21:34  
Muslim politicians block relocation of SL military base in Batticaloa
06.04.18 06:35   Photo
NPC finally awakens against SL Mahaweli Authority obstructing territorial integrity of Tamil homeland
05.04.18 16:46  
Vavuniyaa Judge warns SL Attorney General against delaying tactics on TPP cases
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=24997