வியாழன், 9 ஜூன், 2016

Family receives death threat for alerting GS officer

Family receives death threat for alerting GS officer on SL military exploitation of natural resources

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 June 2016, 22:07 GMT]
A family has been forced to seek security with its relatives and friends in Koara'laip-pattu South (Kiraan) DS division of Batticaloa this week after a two-member squad of ‘unknown’ persons, who came in a motorbike on Sunday (05 June) issued death threats to the family alleging it for passing information to the Village (GS) Officer about illegal logging and related military trade taking place at the interior jungle outlet of Kudumpimalai, 63 km northwest of Batticaloa city. On 01 June, Shanmugam Guru, the GS officer who was trying to investigate the exploitation was told by the armed persons in civil clothes that they belonged to SL military. When the GS officer asked to document their permit and identity, he was taken to nearby camp and brutally assaulted. The GS officer was told not to interfere in ‘military matters’. Now, a family has received death threat from ‘unknown’ persons.

On Thursday last week, GS officials and the workers of DS Secretariat in Kiraan boycotted their duties demanding immediate action against the military that attacked the civil officer.

On Sunday, two ‘unknown’ persons, who came in a motorbike, threatened Mrs Moothathamby Iladchumy, the mother in the family from Kaanaanthanai village, stating that the remaining members of the family would be shot and killed if it continued to pass information to anyone about illegal logging and related activities by the military, the villagers close to the family told TamilNet.

The family had already lost one of the sons, who was a member of the LTTE, the sources further said.

The SL military, occupying the interior village, is involved in colonisation and Sinhalicisation with an active role played by almost all the departments of the SL State, from Archaeology, Forest, Wildlife to Tourism, also deploying extremist Buddhist monks in the project of demographic and structural genocide against the nation of Eezham Tamils.

The occupying Sinhala soldiers are also running a military trade, cutting and selling trees to businessmen from South.

Recently, some social and environmental activists at the grassroots have organised self-mobilising awareness committees, which have been tasked to report on illegal exploitation of natural resources and other misconducts to GS officers.

The SL military has been monitoring the mobilisation through its intelligence and paramilitary operatives.

The family of Mrs Iladchumy has sought security with their relatives and friends after the incident and remains tight-lipped and is afraid of talking to media, the sources further said.

The so-called ‘home-guards’, a Sinhala paramilitary deployed in seizing the lands, also carry weapons and engage in illegal activities with the backing of the occupying Sinhala military.

A large area of pasturelands has been seized by the Sinhala settlers in Maathava'ani and Mayilaththanai, that also come under the supervision of the same DS division and the GS officer, who was subjected to brutal assault on 01 June.
Location of Kudumpimalai
The location of newly established checkpoints of the Sri Lanka Army at Allai-oadai and Maavaddavaan junction [Photo: TamilNet]