What happened in Mutur?
What happened in Valaichenai?
An Undistorted Account in
Factual Sequence Report Prepared by : MIC-Sri Lanka
The Tamil Christians in the Mutur area planted crosses in the lands
belonging to Muslims which led to chaotic situation. Consequently, 2000
Muslims were made refugees instantly. Yet, there was no evidence whatsoever
that the LTTE office was damaged by the Muslims. However, the LTTE put
the blame on the Muslims and taking this for an excuse they made a big
showdown and, in the process, ran amok setting fire to houses and shops
belonging to the Muslims and attacking the innocent Muslim souls severely.
(According to a recent article from an Indian journal and reproduced
in a local Sunday newspaper, the VHP of India has been running welfare
centres in Jaffna and Trincomalee for displaced Hindu mothers and children.
Hence it cannot be deducted of their hand in planting the seed for eternal
communal disharmony in Sri Lanka, particularly in the northeast.)
In order to express sympathy with the Mutur Muslims, the Muslims of
the Ampara District observed hartal (works stoppages) on 27. 6. 2002.
Naturally, the Muslims of Batticaloa District fell in line with the Muslims
of Ampara District. When the hartal was being observed in the Valaichenai
Town and its satellite areas, the tigers exhibiting their might ordered
the Muslim shop-keepers and traders to open their shops and business places.
Since this attempt failed, they set fire to a Muslim shop. When the
Muslims tried to drive away the cadres with stones, the LTTE started lobbing
grenades and shooting at the Muslims indiscriminately killing instantaneously
3 innocent Muslims Anver (40), Sahabdeen (40) and Saleem (13). Another
42 Muslims were severely injured. They were rushed to the Polannaruwa
Hospital where two persons succumbed to their injuries.
In a separate incident three Muslim fish-mongers who were taking their
stock of fish for sale were waylaid at the Karuvakerney border village
and abducted. They were attacked with clubs and knives and their bicycles,
too were set alight. The fish mongers are now being treated at the Polannaruwa
Further, the two Muslim cooks Inudeen (26) and Sanudeen (20) who went
to the Tamil area for their trade were abducted, hacked to death and buried.
The police having discovered the spot where the bodied had been buried,
took five Muslims with them to exhume the bodies to hand-over them for
decent burial. The LTTE laid down a condition that the five Muslims who
accompanied the police should be handed over to them first if they were
to give the bodies back and refused.
27 June 2002: 4.00 p.m.
The enraged Muslim youths who witnessed the brutal killing of their
brothers with guns started throwing stones at the LTTE cadres. The Tamil
civilians whom the LTTE had with them torched the shops of the Muslims
and most of the 110 shops were razed to the grounds with nothing salvageable.
The total loss is estimated to be 15 billion rupees. Seven Tamil shops
were damaged, too in the process.
There has been no news so far about the fate of another thirteen Muslim
sundry paddy field labourers, three Muslims from Pulmoddai who were
on travel and drapers and haberdashers who went into the Tamil area on
their usual business round.
28.6.2002 Chemmannaodai Incident
It was a Friday. When the Muslims living in the Chemmannodai border
Village in the Oddaimavadi area reached the village's Thaqva Jummah Mosque,
the armed mob threw 5 grenades at the direction of the mosque. This incident
which happened at around 12.45 p.m left seven Muslims seriously injured.
The grenade throwing incident on mosque-bound Muslims took place just
a few minutes prior to the peace meeting that had been organized at the
Valaichenai Pradeshiya Sabah (Town Council). The peace meeting was
(to be) attended by Major-general Tennakoon, Ministers Noordeen Mashoor,
Athaullah, Abdul Cader and the former MP Ali Zahir Moulana who visited
Valaichenai to assess the damage and destruction. Of the five grenades
thrown, only three exploded. The condition of one of the injured was critical.
Eventually, the injured named Mubarack who was fighting for his life died
at the Polannaruwa Hospital. After this grenade incident there exists
fear and tension throughout Oddmavadi-Miravodai region.
Following the grenade attack at around 12.45p.m the government security
forces were sent to the area. A peace meeting also was held at the Pradeshiya
Sabah where a decision was taken to have a peace committee comprising
30 Muslim and Tamil leading citizens of the area. Even though efforts
were being made to restore peace, the LTTE and the Tamil extremists who
did not care two hoots for them continued to run on rampage indulging
in all sorts of violence. During the night on 28th June 2002, they have
attacked and destroyed 7 motorized fishing boats belonging to Muslims.
This incident caused panic among the Muslim people of the entire area.
Ministers Melinda Moragoda and Jayalath Jayawardena visited to inspect
the consequences in Valaichenai where violence and mayhem was unleashed.
They appealed to the people to restrain calm and ordered the security
forces to take whatever measures necessary to maintain law and order.
Just half an hour after the ministers left for Colombo the LTTE have driven
away with them a herd of cattle worth Rs 80,000/-. This has happened right
in the presence of the police and the army. No action whatsoever was taken
against this. Despite the power the army do have to open fire at anyone
who indulge or incite violence, they have not exercised it. This is causing
a lot of fear, panic and doubt in the minds of the people living in the
False Propaganda and the Dual Face of the LTTE
The media, the Tamil politicians of all shades and those who claim are
responsible for LTTE have got together in unison to sweep under the carpet
the atrocities committed against the Muslims. It has been proved beyond
any doubt that it was the LTTE that physically participated in the attacks
and orchestrated them. The proof was the weapons used during the rampage
of violence and arson on Muslim lives and properties. The mobs indulging
in the atrocities have liberally used weapons such as hand grenades, motor
bombs and heavy arms. Either one of the mobs must have been the LTTE cadres
or the LTTE must have operated the mobs from behind. There is no justification
whatsoever for the ordinary Tamils to possess these weapons.
During the curfew was in force in the Kalkudah District, most of the
incidents of violence have taken place before the very eyes of the security
forces and the police. The members of the police and army who were on
duty have unreservedly agreed that there was link between the mobs and
the LTTE. The army sources have been very explicit that they were unable
to do anything against the LTTE as long as the clauses in the MoU were
The Valaichenai incidents clearly indicate that the LTTE is all out
to stage yet another ethnic cleansing of the Muslims taking advantage
of the ceasefire agreement.
Having orchestrated everything, the political Office of the LTTE in
the Trincomalee District has appealed to the people of both communities
to be in peace and be wary about the harmful forces indulging in violence.
They are using the term "harmful forces" with the express purpose to hide
their own sinister actions.
In the meanwhile, the Tamil dailies and electronic media have been beating
about the bush to hide the brutal and unjustified attacks on the Muslims
staged by the LTTE and the Tamil armed gangs in Valaichenai. The Tamil
net has portrayed contrasting picture. The incidents have been distorted,
twisted and they were nothing but lies - outright lies. It is deplorable
that the Tamilnet stories are rekindling the ethnic feelings even further.
The story that ten Tamil women have been abducted by Islamic extremists
has been deliberately fabricated in order to divert the attention of the
people away from the conspirators of the violence. The people of Sri Lanka
and the international community must take a serious note of this fib.
The Tamil dailies such as Veerakesari and Thinakkural have been publishing
biased and cock-eyed versions of the facts making every effort to protect
the Tamil criminals giving convenient justifications. If told in the folk
language, the said newspapers publish stories knotting the bald head and
the knee. They knead the news without pointing the fingers at the true
offenders. They exercise utmost caution to this aspect. This has been
the definite pattern on the part of these particular newspapers whenever
incidents of this nature take place. Muslims must be wary about this kind
of hostile attitude of the newspapers. All this have been staged under
the pretext that it was the Muslims who removed the crosses found in the
hilltop in the Mutur town. It is a deliberate accusation on Muslims which
still remains unproved.
The current situation of the Muslims is more than pitiable. The hands
of the government security forces have been tied through the so-called
MoU and they unable to prevent the continued violence on the Muslims and
the losses to lives and properties. Paradoxically, the LTTE make appeals
to the Muslims to be patient while unleashing violence on them (Muslims)
through their (LTTE's) armed cadres. Behind the screen they incite Tamil
civilians too. Deplorably, the media in general have been publishing distorted
and twisted versions of actual happenings against the Muslims and but
the versions are comfortable and advantageous to the Tamils. With no any
temporary arrangement or organization on their own, the innocent Muslims
have been pushed to a corner in which they live in extreme fear thinking
about what is going to happen to them next.
Damage, Destruction and Loss of Lives
27. 6. 2002
3 Killed on the spot - Anver (40), Sahabdeen (40), Saleem (13)
1 person Succumbed to the injury at Hospital
2 Abducted and Killed in the Tamil Areas - Inudeen (26), Sanudeen (20)
Arson 110 shops (Total loss 15 billion rupees)
3 Abducted While on travel
13 Abducted When on business
7 Boats Destroyed
Driven 07 heads of cattle worth Rs 80,000
At the time of finishing this, we have received a report on the final
toll of the shops burnt and yet another death.
Altogether 254 shops have been (large, medium and small) burnt down.
An injured person named Fareed who was transferred to General Hospital,
Kandy has succumbed to his injuries.
Following is the latest position on the death toll:
8 dead so far. Fate of the abducted *16 Muslims not known and it is
presumed they too would have been killed
 A Muslim - Tamil village in the Trincomalee District in the Eastern
 A hamlet between Oddamavadi and Valaichenai
 A village in the Eastern Province where a Graphite Factory is located
 A satellite village in Oddamavadi
 Local Government Office