SLA vacated schools in HSZ still closed
[TamilNet, Monday, 17 March 2003, 23:31 GMT]
The Eluthumadduval North Maruthankulam Government Tamil Mixed School in the
northern Jaffna district has not started functioning even after the Sri
Lanka Army troops who occupied the school premises have vacated. Villagers
complain that the school authorities are unable to repair the damaged
buildings and restart the school, as the school is located in the Sri
Lanka Army High Security Zone (HSZ).
A similar situation prevails in other parts of the Jaffna peninsula as
education authorities are unable to repair damaged buildings to restart
these schools, which are in the high security zones, sources said.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Monday vacated the office complex of the
Neduntheivu Pradeshya Sabah (PS), which it had been occupying to provide
security to cadres of the paramilitary group, Eelam People's Democratic
The SLN provided accommodation to the EPDP members in the Neduntheivu PS
office complex against the wishes of the villagers. The villagers conducted
a sustained picketing campaign against the presence of EPDP members in the
Neduntheivu office complex demanding that they should vacate from the area,
The SLN detachment that functioned in the Neduntheivu PS office complex
comprising the local market and library withdrew to the main SLN base in
Karainagar around noon Monday, the sources said.