‘External elements’ could be involved in Jaffna violence: TNA
Posted on May 25th, 2015

(The Hindu)

Those wanting to portray the govt. in poor light could be behind the recent violence at Jaffna town, says TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran.

There is a lurking suspicion over the role of external elements” in the large-scale violence that Jaffna witnessed last week.

The trigger was a recent incident of rape and murder of an 18-year-old schoolgirl in Pungudutivu, west of Jaffna. When the girl’s body was found on May 14, the initial reaction was one of shock and sadness.

On Tuesday, some individuals asked certain shops and establishments to close down without any notice. It was like a scene in Tamil feature films,” says Mr. Ravichandran, a member of the Tamil Civil Society Forum in Jaffna.

Mob violence

The next day, the town observed a general strike. But, it was on that day, when the police brought arrested persons to the court complex that a section of the mob, numbering around 400, threw stones at the court buildings and in the process, vehicles were damaged. Not only this, some agitators wanted the police to hand over the suspected persons to them.

This kind of response was something that was shocking to us. Jaffna is not known for this,” says Mr. Ravichandran, adding that traditionally, people would hold placards, demanding speedy action and justice.
Going by the violent response, he says that one gets suspicion that this may be engineered by the external elements.” He refuses to elaborate the term external elements.”

However, this opinion is shared by others too.

M. A. Sumanthiran, Member of Parliament representing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), feels that those who wanted to portray the Northern Provincial Council, TNA and the Central government in poor light were behind the episode. (The Hindu)

2 Responses to “‘External elements’ could be involved in Jaffna violence: TNA”

  1. Christie Says:

    Namaste: Hindu has forgotten mob violence after the arrest of lower caste suspects after the rape of a high caste student in Delhi. Here it is different a lower caste raped by high caste, Jai Hind

  2. Kumari Says:

    Mob violence is a regular feature in Indian protests. Sri Lankans always knew there was/is external elements involved in our domestic affairs, the most recent being Presidential Elections where a puppet government was put into power with the help of these so called “external elements” namely RAW.

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