Curfew lifted in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 August 2005, 09:47 GMT]
The curfew imposed in the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) controlled areas in Jaffna district since 8:00 p.m. Thursday night was lifted around 12:30 p.m. Friday. Normal life is returning slowly and transport services commenced immediately to and from Jaffna through Muhamalai SLA checkpoint in the afternoon Friday, police said. However, police sources said a night curfew may be imposed Friday.

The police imposed curfew when tension prevailed in Inuvil area in Jaffna district following the killing of a Tamil civilian by soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army.

Angry mob thereafter abducted a high ranking police officer whose body was later recovered by the Police.

Even after curfew was lifted, soldiers manning the checkpoint at Vallai junction prevented devotees going to Sellasannithi Kandasamy Temple in Thondamannaru to attend the flag hoisting ceremony to mark the beginning of the annual festival, sources said.


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