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SL Army earns by smuggling LTTE iron

[TamilNet, Sunday, 26 June 2011, 02:32 GMT]
Five lorry loads of scrap iron, coming from the machinery and shell-manufacturing units of the LTTE now abandoned in Vanni, were confiscated by police in Vavuniyaa when they were being smuggled to the south. The scrap iron trade is carried out with direct involvement of the officers of the occupying SL Army in Vanni and Jaffna who earn from the trade by deals with Muslim traders, informed sources said. Meanwhile, around 50 lorry-load of scrap metal left Jaffna on Thursday with full support of the SL Army.

For more than one year now, the SL defence ministry has prohibited the transportation of scrap iron from the north to the south.

Huge amounts of scrap metal is now piled up with collectors in the north and the occupying Army’s officers facilitate smuggling after receiving bribe.

It is said that recently there was a sudden order permitting the trade, but the five lorries transporting the metal were stopped by the police on receiving information. The top brass of the occupying military pressurises the police to release the lorries.

In the meantime, a convey of 50 lorries carrying scrap iron left Jaffna on Thursday, with full support of the SL Army.

The Muslim traders of Jaffna paid a huge sum of money as bribe to the SL Defence Ministry to get the permission, informed sources said. The were made to run around all these days with the prohibition just for the SL Defence Ministry to strike the deal of bribe, the sources further said.

Many of the Muslims resettled in Jaffna are engaged in the trade of scrap metal. The piled-up metal couldn’t be taken to the south all these days.

Meanwhile, the SL Army intimidated the media persons who went to cover the transportation of metal from Jaffna on Thursday. The photos and videos taken by them were confiscated and destroyed by the occupying Army that didn’t want coverage of the news.

All the reporters who went to cover the news were investigated thoroughly by the SL Army. The reporters were warned not to publish any news on the transport of scrap metal from Jaffna.


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