Roundup in Mannar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 September 1998, 15:27 GMT]
The SLA cordoned off the heart of Mannar town from 10 a.m. this morning, detaining more than 5000 people for screening and questioning. Sources in Mannar said that no one was arrested during the operation which lasted till about 3 p.m. this afternoon.

SLA sources said this was a routine operation necessitated by the presence of a large number of 'outsiders' who regularly flock to the town after access controls in Vavuniya were tightened early this year.

Meanwhile sources said that about 1500 people arrived from the LTTE controlled part of the Vanni through the army entry point at Uyilankulam on the Mannar Vavuniya road.

The route had been closed to traffic for some time.


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