Armed robberies escalate in SLA-deployed areas of North

[TamilNet, Friday, 30 September 2011, 00:14 GMT]
Night robberies are on the increase in Sri Lanka Army deployed areas of the Jaffna peninsula and Vanni after the ‘grease devil’ episodes, civil sources in Jaffna told TamilNet Thursday. On Tuesday night, a group of armed men entered the house of 60-year-old Ponnaiah Balasingam and attacked him and his 24-year-old son Dinesh Balasingam, at Thirvaiyaa'ru in Ki'linochchi district. The attackers later robbed the house. The occupying Sri Lanka Army was heavily deployed in the area while the attack and the robbery were taking place. Meanwhile, medical staff at Jaffna hospital staged a one-hour token strike Wednesday against the recent attack on two doctors of the hospital at their residence in Kokkuvil. Normalcy remains disturbed in Jaffna as armed robberies were escalating in areas with heavy SLA presence.

The intruders were carrying guns, civil sources in Jaffna said alleging that the attackers were intelligence operatives of the Sri Lanka Army.

The attacks that targeted prominent people of the society had taken place amid heavy SL Army deployment.

At Thiruvaiyaa'ru, both the father and the son who sustained injuries Tuesday night, were taken to hospital one hour after the attackers had left the site.

At least two similar robberies have been reported in the area in the recent days, the sources in Ki'linochchi further said.


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