ஞாயிறு, 23 ஜூலை, 2017

Judge Ilancheliyan narrowly escapes assassination attempt in Jaffna

Judge Ilancheliyan narrowly escapes assassination attempt in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2017, 13:58 GMT]
Jaffna High Court Judge Manickavasagam Ilancheliyan narrowly escaped assassination attempt at Nalloor in Jaffna around 5:10 p.m. on Saturday. Two guards giving security to him sustained injuries in the incident. The judge, who was not injured, told TamilNet that the attacker seemed to be an experienced gunman. Judge Manickavasagam Ilancheliyan is well known for his independent judgements. He is also known to be not hesitating to rule against armed criminal elements that operate with the backing of the occupying SL military. The incident on Saturday has taken place at a time Nalloor temple is preparing for its annual festival which is scheduled to commence on coming Friday .


Ilancheliyan assassination attempt
Ilancheliyan assassination attempt
Crime scene behind Naloor temple
Ilancheliyan assassination attempt
The pistol used by the attacker
The firing seems to be a work of two attackers who came in a motorbike. One of them has allegedly grabbed the pistol of an escorting policeman and exchanged fire with the police escort. When Judge Ilancheliyan came out of his car, the gunman attempted to fire at him, but his security got him into the car, the Judge told TamilNet.

The two security personnel were rushed to hospital and the judge accompanied them to Jaffna hospital.

The exchange of gunfire lasted almost 5 minutes before the attacker, escaped from the crime scene. The pistol has been located in the street, news sources in Jaffna said.

Judge Ilancheliyan emerged as a fearless judge following the investigation on Chemmani mass graves in late 1990s when he ordered the CID and the SL Police to bring the five ‘Sri Lanka’ Army (SLA) personnel, who were convicted in the rape and murder of the Jaffna school girl Krishanthy Kumaraswamy, for an identification parade. One of the SL soldiers identified as the culprit, gave evidence on how the crime was committed.

In 2015, Ilancheliyan sentenced four SL military soldiers for five to twenty years of rigorous imprisonment for raping a Tamil girl in and for sexually abusing a Tamil woman in Visuvamadu in Mullaiththeevu in 2010.

He has been targeted by unknown attackers in the past.

In 2011, unknown attackers who went to his house located at Velanai in the Kayts Island, killed 51-year-old Savarimuththu Jesuraja who was residing at his house.

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Families of enforced disappeared categorically denounce OMP, condemn West

Families of enforced disappeared categorically denounce OMP, condemn West

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2017, 12:54 GMT]
Representatives of enforced disappeared families, waging a continuous protest demanding the SL State to declare the whereabouts of their missing kith and kin after they were handed over in front of them to the SL military, which promised amnesty after the end of genocidal onslaught in Vanni in May 2009, on Friday categorically denounced the Office of Missing Persons mechanism as an eyewash move. Mrs Leelathevy Anathanadarajah and Mrs Kanakaranjai Yogarajah who held a press conference in Ki'linochchi said the enforced families engaged in continuous struggle in the four districts of Jaffna, Ki'linochchi, Mullaiththeevu and Vavuniyaa in North and in the Trincomalee district in the East, also condemn the Western countries that have rushed to welcome the SL President Maithiripala Sirisena implementing the OMP. 


On the 100th day of their protest on 30th May 2017, the families issued an ultimatum to SL President Maithiripala Sirisena to come and meet them in person within 14 days.

The SL President who met the representatives at SL Governor's office in Jaffna on 12 June, promised the families to release the names of persons who surrendered or filtered away from the families by the SL military during 2008 – 2009 when the people entered the SL military controlled areas.

At Jaffna, Mr Sirisena loudly read out their demands and said he agreed with all of the demands and promised to instruct the three armed forces under him at the ‘national security’ meeting next day evening.

31 days have elapsed since that meeting, nothing has happened, Kanakaranjani Yogaraja, who was one of the representives who met the SL President told Tamil media on Friday.

“Today, it is 153rd day of our continues protest. We will continue our protest until justice is achieved,” she further said.

Many of the families, now searching for their loved ones, either handed their kith and kin to the SL military and witnessed the SL military taking their family members away from them in buses at the end of genocidal onslaught in May 2009. The SL military had also filtered away the family members on their way to barbed wire internment camps in Vavuniyaa at that time.

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சனி, 22 ஜூலை, 2017

தமிழ்நாடு என்பது எங்ஙனம் குறுகிய மனப்பான்மையாகும்? – ஒளவை துரைசாமி



அகரமுதல 195, ஆனி 32, 2048 / சூலை 16, 2017

தமிழ்நாடு என்பது எங்ஙனம் குறுகிய மனப்பான்மையாகும்?

  – ஒளவை துரைசாமி

சங்க இலக்கியம் பாடப்பட்ட காலமும் தொகுக்கப்பட்ட காலமும் வெவ்வேறு! – பேராசிரியர் சி.க. சிற்றம்பலம்

அகரமுதல 195, ஆனி 32, 2048 / சூலை 16, 2017

சங்க இலக்கியம் பாடப்பட்ட காலமும் தொகுக்கப்பட்ட காலமும் வெவ்வேறு!

– பேராசிரியர் சி.க. சிற்றம்பலம்

"Mini-battles" staged in occupied Tamil country causing anxiety among civilians

"Mini-battles" staged in occupied Tamil country causing anxiety among civilians

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2017, 20:57 GMT]
The occupying Sinhala military has deployed military training inside in Valikaamam East and Valikaamam North during the past 3 days, especially near Vazhalaay in Valikaamam East where uprooted people were settled in military constructed houses. This is the first time large-scale coordinated field training with gunfire and RPG fire has been witnessed in the area since the regime change, the resettled families said. Similar gunfire and explosions were also heard in Valikaamam North causing anxiety among the resettled people, news sources in Jaffna said.

Informed ex-militant sources said that the SL military was preparing for a combat deployment somewhere else, as there have been reports of increased combat training activities also in other parts of occupied country of Eezham Tamils in the recent weeks.

However, details of foreign military personnel involved in the latest series of combat training are yet to emerge.

SL military has been focusing on combat diving and other specialised combat training in recent months, the ex-militant sources said.

Meanwhile, Shanmugalingam Shageevan, the chairman of Valikaamam North Welfare Association, has condemned the SL military for threatening the resettling people.

The occupying military was also bringing back the memories of the times of war through the “battle exercises” near residential areas, he said.

The people were not informed in advance and as they also intend to interpret it as a threat against them, especially to discourage them in demanding their lands back in Valikaamam North, Mr Shageevan said.

Pulak-kudiyiruppu experience: Resettlement without de-militarisation is nightmare

Pulak-kudiyiruppu experience: Resettlement without de-militarisation is nightmare

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2017, 23:36 GMT]
Due to utter ignorance by the civil administration of the SL State, the ITAK sitting in the opposition and collaborating with the occupying Colombo, international backers of genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’ and the agenda-driven Colombo-based NGO community, which only opens its purses where manipulation, deception and hijack is needed for their foreign ‘development’ and ‘environment’ masters, the 54 Tamil families of Pulak-kudiyiruppu, who managed to secure the release of 48 acres of their lands on 01st of March, still languish without proper security to their school-going children under the continued militarisation of Keappaa-pulavu. In a video interview to TamilNet this week, the families that continue to hold on to their village, narrated their destitute situation and the negligence they have been facing so far.
 


The situation of Pulak-kudiyiruppu is being revealed by SL Minister for Resettlement is pre-occupied with transferring more money, 150 million rupees, to SL military for sustaining the military zone of Keappaa-pulavu where 138 uprooted families are waging a continuous struggle for 5 months demanding their 482 acres of lands.

A meaningful resettlement is not possible without effective de-militarisation of the residential and agricultural GS division of Keappaa-pulavu, rights activists in Vanni told TamilNet.

The ITAK, engaged in ‘Quisling Politics’ funded by the West has completely failed to demand de-militarisation of the Keappaa-pulavu.

Today, at Pulak-kudiyiruppu, only 9 families hold on to their village, while the remaining are trying to finding ways to secure the needed infrastructure and transport for their school-going children.

“All of the families get together in Pulak-kudiyiruppu to discuss their plight, but have not found a means to secure a decent arrangement so far. “We have been knocking all the doors, but nothing has happened,” 40-year-old mother Jeyaluxmy Gnanasekar told TamilNet narrating the lives of Tami families living under Sinhala militarisation.

“Having a 13-year-old school-going daughter, the people even question me how I manage to hold on to the village,” she said.

The SL military is everywhere. During the nights they come with torch lights, the villagers say. “Even though they don't do any harm, we live in fear. Most of the families are women-led. We have girls going to school [through militarized zone],” she said.

61-year-old Vivekananthan Selliah said no humanitarian assistance was forthcoming towards a meaningful resettlement. “While our light posts have been smashed, the SL military is wandering in nights with their lights,” he said.

The level of prevailing trauma of the villagers is clearly visible in their interviews.

54 of 84 uprooted Tamil families from Pulak-kudiyiruppu village in Keappaa-pulavu GS area secured the release of 48 acres of their lands after five years of agitation and finally a continuous protest waged throughout the entire month of February this year.

A significant number of the families, 30 of 84 from Pulak-kudiyiruppu, are female-led ones that had lost their men during the times of war and the genocidal onslaught on Vanni.

There were 54 school-going children among the 350 people who were protesting for liberating their village.

When the lands were finally released, the occupying SL military had destroyed everything that could provide shelter to the families. Only those who had their land documents were given back their lands. Around 30 families who were living in Pulak-kudiyiruppu before 2009 had no documents and they were not provided their lands back. The SL military was still keeping their lands.

During their struggle and also when their lands were released, Pulak-kudiyiruppu families were voicing for de-militarisation as they were seriously concerned of their security, particularly the security of their children, as the children had to go to school walking a long distance through the military zone.

Despite their protest had drawn greater attention, even from South, the families who secured their lands, were not given any resettlement assistance or housing scheme.

The SL State and its civil administration totally failed to provide even transportation to the school-going children.

A private donor came forward to assist the resettled families with school transportation for one month. After that, Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam sponsored some money to sustain the school transportation for 10 more days, Jeyaluxmy said.

As the families already feared, they were forced to continue to live in displacement for the sake of the education and security of their children.

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