Mullivaikkal commemoration events held on small scale after MOD order

Mullivaikkal commemoration events were held in the North today on a small scale following an order by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) instructing the security forces to ensure gatherings or meetings are prevented from taking place under the quarantine law.

Events to commemorate the deaths of several people in Mullivaikkal in May 2009 during the final stages of the war, were held in a number of places in the North including Allaipiddy and Thellipalai.

In a statement today the Defence Ministry said that it had instructed the security forces in the North to take necessary action to prevent holding any gatherings or meetings in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu under the quarantine law to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Defence Ministry said it had received information that some groups were planning to gather people to hold Mullivaikkal commemoration day events ignoring the health advice issued by the provincial health authorities.

The Defence Ministry had instructed the Security Forces Commanders in the North to strictly follow the provisions of the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance No.03 of 1897, which was amended by an Extraordinary Gazette No.2167/18.

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne had instructed the Security Forces and the Police to strictly follow the quarantine law to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the North.

Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry said that politicians C.V. Wigneswaran, M.K. Sivagilingam and Nadarasa Vindan, who attempted to cross the Sangupiddy roadblock, were prevented from doing so as they did not possess essential services passes.

“Only essential services are allowed to cross the Sangupiddy roadblock but those three politician did not have any passes and they are not required to engage in essential services,” Jaffna Security Forces Commander Maj.Gen. Ruwan Wanigasooriya said.

He said that they had been turned back after explaining the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Maj.Gen. Wanigasooriya said some people who came in numbers had also been sent back as they were trying to cross the district borders. (Colombo Gazette)

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