Passengers turned back at Manammpiddi

[TamilNet, Friday, 13 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Passengers in buses, lorries and private vehicles who travelled up to Manammpiddi, on the Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa border, in the hope that the negotiations that Ports Minister M.H.M. Ashraff had with Sri Lanka Government authorities would have led to the lifting of the travel restriction in and out of the Batticaloa District, were turned back by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) at the border and ordered to return to Batticaloa today.

joseph_pararasasingam.gifMeanwhile, Joseph Pararajasingham, Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP for the Batticaloa District, inquired from the Minister of Transport and Highways A.H.M. Fowzie today whether the restrictions could be waived for buses run by the Central transport Board (CTB).

Minister Fowzie said that he would speak to the Minister of Defence Anuruddha Ratwatte on the matter.

Alisahir Mowlana, United National Party (UNP) MP for the Batticaloa District, spoke to Senior Superintendent of Police, Polonnaruwa S. Wickramasinghe requesting that the restrictions be lifted.

SSP Wickramasinghe told Mr. Mowlana that he would lift the restrictions if he was instructed to do so by higher authorities.

Mr. Mowlana then spoke to Secretary, Minister of Defence, Chandrananda De Silva, who told him that the matter would be taken up at a special meeting of the Ministry of Defence today.

The Batticaloa District Vehicle Owners Association's Co-ordinating Secretary MSM Segar, requested Minister Ashraff today to intervene in the issue.

Mr. Ashraff said he would raise the matter at the District Co-ordinating Council (DCC) meeting in Ampara.

Though the DCC meeting was held, the matter of the transport regulations was not successfully resolved, said sources.

Sources in Batticaloa said that though there was no immediate rise in the prices of fuel, the price of ladies' bicycles had gone up. A bicycle which customarily fetches 4,250 rupees went up to 4450 rupees they said.


Related Articles:
12.03.98   Batticaloa vehicles barred

 

Latest 15 Reports
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
20.06.20 23:53   Photo
Tamil man killed, Sinhala Army opens fire at motorbike rider at Mukamaalai in North
19.06.20 23:30  
Dr Amir Ali: SL Archaeology aims to obliterate Tamil traces, shrink territory of Muslims in East
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=1103