Police assault civilians, fire in Jaffna town

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 October 2004, 15:36 GMT]
Sri Lanka Police fired in the air and assaulted civilians in Kasthuriyar Road in Jaffna town Saturday around 8.30 following a fracas between some locals and traffic Policemen. Police and military patrols were immediately stepped in Kasthuryiar Road and KKS Road in the northern town. Heavily armed Policemen chased civilians indoors while firing in the air.

More than ten civilians were beaten by Police, sources said.

A fracas broke out when some civilians in the area got into an altercation with traffic Policemen who had stopped two motorbikes and were demanding the riders' documents, residents of the area said.

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