Ethnic filtering, registration at SLA checkpost in Mannampiddi

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 December 2008, 05:44 GMT]
Sri Lankan soldiers manning the checkpost at Mannampiddi in Batticaloa have introduced a new scheme to register all Tamil and Muslim passengers who travel from eastern province into other provinces. Only Tamil and Muslim passengers are ordered to get down at Mannampiddi from buses and private vehicles for checking and registration, but not the Sinhalese, civil sources said.

Police spokesman in Colombo Ranjit Gunasekara denied the allegation when it was brought to his notice, according to sources in Colombo.

However Gunsekara has admitted that passengers via Mannampiddi have been undergoing difficulties in traveling due to strict checking.


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