Gajendrakumar complains of threat to life

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 May 2006, 10:54 GMT]
Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Tamil National Alliance parlimentarian for Jaffna district, in a letter to Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse Tuesday, complained of harassment and death threats to domestic staff at his Jaffna residence. His residence in 3rd Cross street is located close to two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camps, one at the 2nd Cross street-Main street junction and the other at the 4th Cross street.

Full text of the letter follows:

2 May 2006

H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, The President of the Democratic Socialist
Republic of Sri Lanka,
Temple Trees,
Colombo.


Your Excellency,

FOR YOUR URGENT ATTENTION

I write to you regarding an incident that took place at about 7 o’clock this morning at my private residence at No. 43, 3rd Cross Street, Jaffna. Two individuals had entered the above premises. Subsequently they had approached the old lady who provides domestic help in the house. One of the individuals had threatened her with a firearm whilst both had gone on to question her about the whereabouts of myself and members of my staff. Thereafter they had proceeded to search the premises. Just before they had left, they further warned the domestic help that if the authorities were informed of this incident that she would be killed.

As you will recall, this is not the first time that I have brought to your attention such incidents. On the previous occasion, army personnel in uniform had entered the same premises and had behaved in a threatening manner. Subsequently however, the Jaffna Commander personally contacted me and apologized for the incident.

I consider this latest incident a direct threat to my life as well to the lives of the members of my staff. I wish to bring to your attention that there is a Sri Lanka Army camp on the adjoining road down 4th Cross Street. There is also a Sri Lanka Army sentry point at the Main Street – 2nd Cross Street junction. Therefore, it would be much appreciated if this incident is thoroughly investigated. Due to the serious nature of the incident, I will be copying this letter to the Hon. Speaker and the Inspector General of Police.

Yours truly,
G. G. PONNAMBALAM M.P.


Copy to –
1. The Hon. Speaker ;
2. The Inspector General of Police

 

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