Three remaining Pachchilaippalli councillors resign

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 01 June 1999, 13:04 GMT]
The three remaining members of the Pachchilaippalli Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) in the Jaffna Peninsula, representing the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), resigned from their positions today.

Of the nine councillors of the Pachchilaipalli PS, five represented the PLOTE while the EPRLF and the EPDP had two councillors each.

Two PLOTE councillors and an EPRLF councillor had already resigned from their positions. One EPDP councillor was shot dead while the other had resigned.

With the resignations of the PLOTE members, the Pachchilaipalli PS is no longer functional, said sources.

Meanwhile PLOTE'S Jaffna organiser, Mr. Kirupairaja, has said that the Sri Lankan government was responsible for the killing of Jaffna councillors.

In a statement issued today the PLOTE organiser said that the elections were held despite strong representations made to the government that conditions were not conducive.

Mr. Kirupairaja further said that the PLOTE councillors in the other council bodies would also resign if the Government failed to take remedial action.

The Elections to the 17 local government bodies in Jaffna were held in January last year. The functioning of the councils was delayed as many of the councillors failed to take up their positions. The councils' functions were further disrupted by letters from the LTTE to the councillors asking them to resign or face the consequences.

The PLOTE resignations come a day after the Deputy Chairman of the Nallur PS, representing the EPDP, was shot dead, allegedly by the Liberation Tigers.

Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Army cordoned off and conducted a search operation in the Kodikamam and Puthur area from 3 p.m this afternoon.

All the males in the area were herded together and then interrogated. They were allowed to go home at 5.00 p.m.


Latest 15 Reports
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
18.06.20 21:02  
Colombo steps up surveillance harassment on organisations operating in East
17.06.20 22:12  
SL military cordons off Jaffna islet with war-time like harassment, families fear reprisals
Find this article at: