SLA reinstalls checkpoint at Elephant Pass

[TamilNet, Sunday, 01 August 2010, 04:59 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has reinstalled its checkpoint in Yaanaiyi’ravu (Elephant Pass) at the gateway to Jaffna peninsula where all vehicles passing through A9 land route are instructed to register their entry and exit, sources in Jaffna said. A similar SLA checkpoint at Oamanthai is already in existence. Persons entering Vanni who are not in possession of Sri Lanka National Identity Card of Passport are sent back to obtain Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence (MoD) permission to enter Vanni through Oamanthai SLA checkpoint, the sources added.

The owners of vehicles going in and out of Jaffna peninsula said that the new SLA restriction causes unnecessary delay and inconvenience as they have to register their vehicles at Oamanthai and Yaanaiyi’ravu checkpoints.

Yaanaiyi’ravu had evolved into a strategic SLA bastion during Sri Lanka’s war on Vanni.

 

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