|Extortion by LTTE still goes on
The army on Thursday prevented a Muslim resident of Ottamavadi from paying Rs 20,000 to the LTTE to get his tractor back, according to a government information department communique issued yesterday.
Troops deployed a road block about 45 kms northwest of Batticaloa had stopped a three wheeler speeding towards Kirimichchiya to carry out a routine security check.
"When questioned, the occupant identified as M.M.M.Nazeer of Jumma Mosque road, Ottamavadi said that he was going to Kirimichchiya to get his tractor released from the LTTE. He was carrying Rs 20,000 as demanded by the LTTE. However, the troops turned back the three wheeler after explaining the situation."
Another teenager forcibly conscripted by the LTTE has escaped. The government information department yesterday said that 15-year-old Sundaralingam Siridevi of Unnachchi sought protection from troops deployed at the detachment near Black Bridge about 14 kms northwest of Batticaloa on Thursday evening. She had been accompanied by her parents.
Siridevi has told troops that she had been detained at an LTTE camp at Kudimbimalai.
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