SL Minister slates island military

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 25 September 2002, 19:26 GMT]
“The Sri Lanka army is treating the people of Mandatheevu like slaves,” charged Mr. T. Maheswaran, Sri Lanka’s minister for Hindu Affairs who visited the island south of Jaffna town Wednesday. He said that the SLA has blocked more than three hundred IDPs who came back to resettle in the island from reclaiming their homes and lands.

The Minister said he will take action soon to open an LTTE office in the island.

“The IDPs are crowded in a few houses and churches,” he said.

The people living in Mandatheevu are scared to speak to anyone, according to him.

“The army has instructed many of them specifically not to speak to government officials and other visitors to the island,” the Minister claimed.

“There are only four teachers in the island’s school and the army is also teaching the children,” Mr. Maheswaran said.


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