TNA demands probe over ‘illegal occupation’ by army

SumanthiranSri Lanka’s main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance today called for a probe on the alleged illegal occupation of civilian lands by the military in the Northern Province, the Press Trust of India reported.

The Tamil National Alliance was responding to accusations that on April 16, a group of party legislators led by the main opposition leader R Sampanthan had forcibly entered a military installation at Paravipanjan area in the northern Kilinochchi district.

“There is no camp there so there was no illegal entry. The military was occupying civilian lands so we went for an inspection,” M.A Sumanthiran, a senior TNA legislator told reporters.

He said some 84 families had been displaced when the army occupied the area in the Tamil-majority Northern Province.

Sampanthan also met the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the morning to complain about the incident.

Wickremesinghe has asked the army to verify the ownership of the land, TNA spokesperson said.

The alleged illegal entry by the Tamil politicians to a military installation drew fire by the opposition groups and majority Sinhala nationalists who urged the President Maithripala Sirisena to arrest Mr. Sampanthan.

The incident comes in the backdrop of last week’s resolution in the TNA controlled northern provincial council to set up a federal Tamil government in the north.

Sumanthiran said the Northern Council had not advocated a separate Tamil unit by passing the resolution.

He also said the Sinhalese and Muslims displaced from the north were welcome to return back. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. TNA Sumarathan is working to be dismantle security forces in North that will pave path for the Gun Rule politics in North again.
    That is how TNA current leadership working for democracy norms?
    TNA was really behind LTTE political achievement during 30 years war that had been killed many Sinhalese people in South.

    TNA must stop anti -Sinhalese and anti-democratic policies by attacking Security Forces remain in North .Nation security not only one community but for whole country ,nation and people of Sri Lankan.

    TNA is not a National political party, is the party for Tamil speaking in Island. How can such party become national opposition in Parliament -Sri lanka.

    That is political of UNP leads to an appoint TNA as leader of opposition.

    Such politics is not majority democracy accepted by even US and UK in Western Nations .

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