SU heads for Tiger den

By Prasad Gunewardene

The Sihala Urumaya (SU) will leave Colombo on Tuesday (14) to inspect the LTTE camp at Manirasakulam which has been set up in government-controlled area.

The Sihala Urumaya will launch this protest inspection under the scheme — ‘arms are yours, land is ours’.

A number of Buddhist monks will lead the protest march in vehicles from Colombo.

SU leader Tilak Karunaratne claimed that the Prime Minister and the government had miserably failed to destroy this LTTE camp set up in government-controlled area.

In a letter to the Defence Minister, Tilak Karunaratne claims he had been very reliably informed that the LTTE was planning to bury landmines on the route to be taken by the members of the Sihala Urumaya to reach the LTTE camp in Manirasakulam. ‘The government is bound to provide security to its citizens who walk in government-controlled areas’, the letter noted.

The protest on foot will begin at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday from Kantale and proceed through the Trincomalee-Kinniya Serangala Road or Thambalagamuwa-Serenagal a Kinniya road.

Karunaratne had further stated that the latest report had indicated that Tigers posing off as civilians have planned to launch attacks using iron bars and blunt weapons to disrupt the inspection march.

The Sihala Urumaya recently visited and inspected the archaeological site at Ampara braving tracing LTTE threats.

The LTTE warned Ven. Ellawala Medhananda, an archaeological expert monk, not to step into that site. But, the SU bravely accompanied the monk and videod the cultural site.