CID summons Jaffna Traders representatives to Colombo
[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 November 2010, 05:43 GMT]
Sri Lanka Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has summoned the representatives of Jaffna Traders Association (JTA) to Colombo to record their statements and the representatives who left to Colombo expressed fear that may have to face interrogation by CID in Colombo. Meanwhile, another leading Tamil businessman in Jaffna has been arrested by CID alleged of funding Liberation Tigers in the past, sources in Jaffna said. SLA is engaged in rounding up the prominent Tamil traders claiming that it has evidence of their involvement with LTTE found in the statements of the traders in their detention, the sources added. The real motive behind this move is to cripple the prominent Tamil traders in Jaffna to eliminate them competing with the Sinhala traders who continue to invade Jaffna since the opening of A9 land route, JTA circles said.
The second businessman arrested is a partner of S. V. Murugesu Company in Jaffna while the leading Tamil businessman arrested by CID first in Jaffna is held in detention.
SLA in Jaffna has cast its net wide to arrest around 163 leading Tamil traders in Jaffna on charges that they had funded Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the past, JTA circles said.
JTA had been transporting of essential goods from Colombo to the people of the peninsula in two ships in the past when the A9 land route to Jaffna had been closed by SLA.
It is assumed that JTA representatives have been summoned to give statements related to the ship transport, sources in Jaffna said.