Alarming increase in arrests of Muttur youths- TNA MP

[TamilNet, Saturday, 03 June 2006, 12:20 GMT]
Mr.K.Thurairatnasingham, Trincomalee district parliamentarian Saturday expressed concern over the increase in the number of arrests of Tamil youths by the security forces in Muttur division in the Sri Lanka government controlled territory, sources said. "Nefarious elements assisted by supporters of Sri Lanka Government are trying to create rift between Muslims and Tamils residing in Muttur town by publishing anonymous pamphlets," said Mr.Thurairatnasingham in a statement released Saturday on the tense situation prevailing in Muttur town.

Six innocent Tamil youths were killed and seven were abducted by unidentified persons in Muttur in May. A co-operative officer who was in charge of transferring relief food material to internally displaced Tamil families in Muttur east through the border of government and LTTE controlled territories at Kaddaiparichchan was abducted and has not yet been released.

Three anonymous pamphlets have been distributed in the Muttur town against Muslim community allegedly with support from extremist elements in the Sri Lanka Government to create enmity between the two communities, said Mr.Thurairatnasingham in his statement.

He said Tamils and LTTE are not responsible for the publication of the dangerous pamphlets against the Muslim community.

"Tamils and Muslims in Muttur town are living in constant fear due to the activities of anti-social elements. Hence I appeal to Tamils and Muslims in Muttur town to act with restraint and with a sense of responsibility by identifying the nefarious elements attempting to create disharmony,"said Mr.Thurairatnasingham in his statement.

Several Tamil families residing in Muttur have sought refuge in churches in Muttur town and section of the Tamil population has moved to safer places including Trincomalee town following the tense situating now prevailing in Muttur, sources said.

Muttur town is now appears like a high security zone area with a large number of troop presence, and police manning several sentry points.

Identity of people travelling through the town are being thoroughly checked by the security forces, sources said.

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