Jaffna undergrads condemn army firing in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 December 2003, 16:45 GMT]
The Jaffna University Students' Consortium Tuesday in a press release condemned the action of the Sri Lanka Army for having opened fire at a newspaper seller at the Jaffna bus stand and causing injury to a private bus conductor. The JUSC further blamed the paramilitary Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) for aiding and abetting the army in this regard.

The Eelanatham newspaper has been registered with the Sri Lankan government and it is being sold in the army-controlled areas.

The JUSC in the press release issued Tuesday said that the firing at a newspaper seller by the army couldn't be condoned at a time when ceasefire has been in force and peaceful environment prevails in the country.

"We have come to know that some EPDP members were also seen with the army soldiers when the firing incident took place. We consider the army firing as a deliberate and planned act as the army soldier who opened fire on the newspaper seller had been later escorted safely to his camp by the police," said the JUSC.

The JUSC warned the SLA to stop this type of provocative acts immediately as it would lead to the breakdown of the ceasefire now in force.


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