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Activist women allege premeditated accidents targeting them

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 03 September 2019, 23:02 GMT]
Last week, an unknown motorcyclist hit the motorbike of a leading Tamil woman activist S. Chandraleela, who is one of the main organisers of Keappaa-pulavu continuous protest. 43-year-old Chandraleela was on her way to her house from Mullaiththeevu with her daughter seated on the bike. Both the mother and the daughter were thrown into the air during the crash. All those involved in the accident were admitted to Maagn-choalai hospital with injuries. However, the man who hit them has been either freed or transferred to another hospital in secrecy. The identity of the man being hidden from the records has raised serious doubts of the accident being a planned one, rights activists in Mullaiththeevu said. The SL military intelligence is capable of experimenting with different techniques from time to time, be it ‘white-vans’, ‘grease-devils’ or ‘intended-accidents’, they said.

Chandraleela's 23-year-old daughter has received ten stitches to a wound in her chest. She has also sustained facial wounds. The mother is being treated for injuries in legs and hand.

Chandraleela is an outspoken activist who has been mobilising the people for the last three years.

The uprooted Tamils from the fertile village of Keappaa-pulavu demand their lands released back from the occupying SL military.

The activist has been subjected to harassment by the intelligence wing of the SL military in May 2019 when she met foreign journalists.

The latest accident has also come a day after she met foreign journalists. The accident took place on Tha'n'neeroottu-Nedungkea'ni Road around 4:30 p.m. on 26 August.

When TamilNet interviewed the injured activist this week, she alleged that the accident was a premeditated one. She had stopped her bike after seeing the speeding motorcycle. However, she couldn't help escaping the dangerous crash, she said.

“We remember that the man who hit us stood up. Eyewitnesses say that he also sustained an injury in his hand and was admitted to the same hospital. They say he has been transferred away. We are unable to get further details,” she said.

Mrs Chandraleela has also been the chairperson of Keappaa-pulavu Women's Development Organisation.

There have been similar reports Tamil women activists being subjected to dangerous accidents in recent times, both in the North and the East.

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