Security in and around the Jaffna peninsula and the North has been tightened as the military has received information that a group was planning to paste posters in the area to mark the birthday of Velupillai Prabhakaran.
Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurasinghe noted that no celebration or activity will take place in the Jaffna peninsula today.
“We received some information that a group attempted to paste a few posters. We sent a team with policemen and prevented it,” he said.
“Today is going to be like a normal day in Jaffna. We are just watching the situation. But I can assure that so far no celebration will take place in the Jaffna peninsula,” he added.
“The army has increased the number of troops in streets in the Jaffna town and has also commenced night patrolling”, he said.
“We have mobilized a number of troops to help and assist the police in maintaining law and order in the peninsula. The Law and Order in the peninsula is maintained by the police with assistance from the army,” he said.
Major General Hathurusinghe said that the army is continuing to support government ministries and agencies in the peninsula. The army is also continuing to look for pro LTTE elements in the peninsula. (Supun Dias)