Sri Lanka’s minority Tamil-dominated regions on alert as LTTE commemorations planned


Colombo: Sri Lanka'S security forces The northern and eastern regions were put on alert to counter attempts to commemorate LTTE members killed in the group's bitter struggle for a separate homeland for the minorities. tamils, ahead of the anniversary of the end of the long-running war. Security forces received information about events being organized to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the last battle of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Tamil-dominated north and east of the island nation.
The three-decade-old armed conflict, which began in 1983, was ended by the island nation's military in 2009 after killing LTTE leaders.
Although the army has decided not to deploy troops, a special task force of the army and police will keep a close watch on possible activities LTTE commemoration From Wednesday to May 20.
Security forces said distribution of pro-LTTE literature was seen at several memorial events. At some events, there were also calls for the revival of the LTTE, which is under ban internationally, including in India.
Police have said that any group trying to celebrate in memory of the LTTE will be arrested.
However, Tamil political and rights groups say the planned events are in memory of their relatives who died in the long-running conflict since the mid-1970s.
At Mullaitivu – the scene of the final battle – the main commemorative event is to take place on the beach at Velamullivaikkal.
Tamil-dominated jaffnaUniversities and civic groups started 'Mullivaikkal Week' on 11 May. A blood donation campaign is being run in the memory of the martyrs.
When the final battle between the LTTE and government troops took place, porridge was distributed to civilians trapped in Mullaitivu to mark the once-a-day service.
Four people, including three women, were arrested in the eastern town of Sampur for violating a court order banning LTTE commemorations, police said on Tuesday.
The LTTE ran a parallel administration in parts of the northern and eastern regions until May 2009.
The armed conflict officially ended on May 19, 2003, when the body of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was found in a lagoon in the northeastern region of Mullavaikal.

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