The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi yesterday said
that there was absolutely no purpose in contesting the
forthcoming local government elections in the Batticaloa
district, mainly due to the TMVP (Karuna faction), contesting
the poll both in alliance with the ruling UPFA and also
Mavai S. Senathirajah, General Secretary of the
party said that the March 10 poll wouldn’t be free and fair, and
that the result of the election would be a perversion of
"The TMVP is an armed para-miliary group. It has
moved around in the Eastern province, openly brandishing
weapons. The TMVP displays a strong armed presence in all parts
of the Batticaloa District. It has freely used its weapons
against the people. Extra judicial killings in all parts of the
Batticaloa District have is a common and continuing occurrence.
Abductions and extortions are rampant. The Police and the Armed
Forces do not take any action against the cadres of the TMVP.
The law enforcement machinery in the Batticaloa District is
paralysed. No investigations are conducted nor any arrests made
in regard to any crimes committed by TMVP cadres," he told ‘The
Responding to queries raised by ‘The Island’, he
acknowledged that the TMVP was continuing what the LTTE did.
He said that as the TMVP enjoyed the patronage
of the present government, the Police and Armed forces work hand
in glove with the TMVP. "The people are gripped with the fear
that the TMVP can, with impunity, impose the death penalty
against anyone who opposes them," he said.
He said that the climate of fear was compounded
by the UPFA and the TMVP alliance. He listed the following
incidents as atrocities committed by the TMVP against
1. The killing of Joseph Pararajasingham, MP
inside a church at Batticaloa on Christmas eve, 2005.
2. The rocket propelled grenade attack on the
residence in Batticaloa of S. Jeyananthamoorthy, MP Batticaloa,
on 21 July 2007, and the subsequent murder of his step brother
Thambipillai Thiyagachanthiran on 20th August 2007 at Batticaloa.
3. The abduction of K. Sasitharan at Batticaloa,
son-in-law of T. Kanagasabai, MP Batticaloa on 18th November
2007 and intimidation of death, so as to prevent Kanagasabai
exercising his vote in Parliament at the 2nd reading of the
Budget on 19th November, 2007.
4. The abduction of P. Srikanthaseya at
Batticaloa, brother of P. Ariyanenthiran, MP Batticaloa; the
abduction of Arunachelan Sivapatham at Batticaloa, nephew of S.
Jeyananthamoorthy, MP Batticaloa; the abduction of R. Nagalingam
at Batticaloa, personal secretary of Ms. K. Thangeswary, MP
Batticaloa; accompanied by intimidation of death of all three
persons, so as to prevent the said three Members of Parliament
from voting in Parliament at the 3rd reading of the Budget on
14th December 2007.
5. The following Members of Local Authorities of
the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi elected to local bodies in the
Amparai and Trincomalee Districts in March 2006 have been shot
and killed by the TMVP.
(I) Mr. Gopalasundaram Pathmakalapan, Member of
the Seruvilla Pradeshiya Sabha, Trincomalee District on 30th
(II) Mr. Thangarasa Ithayarasa, member of the
Kinniya Town Council Trincomalee District on 26th January 2007.
(III) Mr. Thilainayagam Uthayakumar, Chairman,
Thirukkovil Pradeshiya Sabha, Amparai District on 26th June
(IV) Several other local politicians have been
(V) Several other local politicians have been
6. Numerous other extra-judicial executions of
civilians in the Eastern Province, particularly in the
Batticaloa District, have taken place in 2006, and are
continuing. It is reasonably estimated that around 400 civilians
have been victims of extra-judicial executions or enforced
disappearances at the hands of the TMVP in the Batticaloa
District, since mid 2006.
It is also widely known that Professor S.
Raveendranath, the Vice-Chancellor of the Batticaloa University
was abducted within a High Security Zone in Colombo, by the TMVP,
and it is widely believed now, that he has been killed.