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Unidentified operatives attack JVP engaged in wooing Tamil support in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 November 2010, 15:02 GMT]
A gang of ten men arriving on five motor cycles to the residence of former Tamil parliamentarian, Pathmini Sithamparanathan Sunday around 6:30 p.m, assaulted the visiting Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) party members, causing serious injuries to the group members including parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi, who were engaged in talks with Ms. Pathmini Sithamparanathan. The injured were rushed to Jaffna Teaching Hospital. The extremist anti-Tamil JVP, which is now locked in waging a campaign against Rajapaksa family-rule in South, is attempting to woo Tamil support in Jaffna by highlighting the plight of the disappeared Tamils arrested by Rajapaksa's military. The attack by unidentified operatives on JVP has taken place a few hours after Namal Rajapaksa visited Jaffna to attend an opening ceremony.

JVP member wounded in Jaffna
Another JVP member attacked by unidentified operatives
Sunil Handuneththi, a leading JVP figure and parliamentarian attacked in Jaffna
Sunil Handuneththi, a leading JVP figure and parliamentarian attacked in Jaffna
The JVP group had invited the Association for the protection of disappeared persons in Jaffna, Tamil parliamentarians, Tamil political parties and the public to participate in the demonstration Monday.

The attack is suspected to be a ploy to disturb the Monday demonstration.

Mr. Sunil Handunneththi and four JVP members had gone to Ms. Pathmini Sithamparanathan seeking her support to the demonstration.

Later, an unidentified gang forced into Pathmini Sithamparanathan’s house in Kanthar-madam and began assaulting the JVP group indiscriminately, also causing damage to the house.

When the JVP parliamentarian tried to introduce himself as a parliamentarian the men had smashed his head with batons and assaulted the other JVP members who tried to save the parliamentarian.

Ms. Pathmini and her husband Sithamparanathan narrowly escaped from the attackers. They had just returned from a memorial event held in Vara'ni in remembrance of the assassinated TNA parliamentarian Raviraj.

Tension prevails in Kanthar-madam area in Jaffna.

Namal Rajapaksa in Jaffna
Namal Rajapaksa and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda attending an inauguration ceremony of road 'development' project on Sunday in Jaffna. The project is to be carried out with Chinese assistance
JVP vehicle smashed in Jaffna
The vehicle of JVP group that was attacked by unidentified operatives


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