EPDP knifes shopkeeper, Delft tense
[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 October 2002, 12:04 GMT]
Tension prevailed in Delft (Neduntheevu) Sunday as
locals prevented a paramilitary group working with the
Sri Lanka army and Navy from landing on the island
southwest of Jaffna. Angry islanders smashed the
paramilitary’s office in Delft and set fire to office
furniture after armed members of the group knifed a
local shopkeeper during an altercation Saturday night.
The islanders stoned a boat carrying the
paramilitary’s cadres that had tried to go ashore
The condition of Mr. Kandapillai Loganathan, 50, the
person who was attacked by the paramilitary group,
EPDP, is serious.
Sources from Delft told TamilNet that EPDP cadres had
chased an inebriated local following a heated argument
with him at their office last night. The man had run
into the shop of Loganathan to escape his pursuers.
The armed EPDP cadres had, however, turned their wrath
on the shopkeeper with whom they had had a dispute in
the past, according to the sources.
Angry islanders had gathered in front of the EPDP
office in Delft Saturday night as word spread that
Loganathan was attacked and seriously wounded by the
paramilitary’s cadres, demanding justice. The crowd
had later turned unruly when the EPDP had attempted to
leave the office and had smashed the building and its
parapet. Sections of the crowd had also set fire to
everything inside the office.
Thereafter the islanders had kept vigil through the
night to prevent the EPDP from retaliating on them.
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission in Jaffna went to the
island Sunday to investigate the matter, mission