Sea-going Home Guards?

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 April 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government announced today that it will establish an 'Ocean Security Brigade' formed with ten thousand combat trained personnel drawn mainly from the fishing community in the Sinhala coastal provinces.

Sri Lanka's Minister for Fisheries and Mahinda Rajapaksha said that the Ocean Security Brigade is going to be established with a view to protect the resources of the sea in Sri Lanka's maritime zone and Sri Lankan fishermen.

He said that preference in recruitment for the 'Brigade' would be given to fisher families.

The move is seen as a parallel to the establishment of the controversial home guard system in the mid eighties.

Military sources said last week that seven thousand home-guards had been issued automatic assault rifles and were being trained by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to man the forward defence lines (FDLs) on the Anuradhapura - Vavuniya border.

The move is expected to relieve SLA troops which are currently stationed on the border to secure the Sinhala villages in the region.


Related Articles:
09.04.98   Home guards bound for warfront

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.10.19 23:24  
SL Navy silently extends occupation of coastal lands at Kirimichchai in Batticaloa
20.10.19 23:58   Photo
Sinhala supporters of Gotabhaya encroach into pasturelands in Batticaloa
19.10.19 23:31  
Pentagon steps up maritime defence trade with India, UK seeks IOR opportunities
18.10.19 23:43   Photo
Monk backing Gotabhaya wants Tamil owners to stay away from their lands in interior Batticaloa
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=1291