(Ex-LTTE members touring south] Image- MoD)
The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka has forced around 4,000 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who are under the captivity of the so-called Civil Security Division (CSD) in Vanni, to vote for the incumbent SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa through postal voting, which concluded on Wednesday. In the meantime, a special unit of SL military personnel, led by the officers handpicked by the SL presidential sibling and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has been monitoring the rank and file of the SL military stationed in the North. A section of the Sinhala soldiers, who have been advocating against the re-election of Mahinda Rajapaksa have been subjected to investigations by this special unit, informed sources told TamilNet.
The SL military has exploited the former LTTE members, who have been employed in the CSD as slave workers in SL military-operated farms for more than 4 years now. The occupying Sinhala military has also transformed a number of CSD workers as intelligence operatives to influence and monitor the civilian population in Vanni.
The special unit operated by the SL Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has threatened those among the CSD-employed former LTTE members, who were reluctant to take part in the postal voting, to present themselves for voting on Wednesday. If they failed to vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa, they would be sent for ‘military rehabilitation’, the ex-LTTE members were threatened.
When the CSD-employees were present at the postal voting stations, the SL military personnel seized their ballot sheets and placed the vote for the ‘Betel Leaf’ symbol of Mahinda Rajapaksa before the former Tamil fighters were allowed to proceed with their ballot sheets for posting.
Despite the threats, some of the ex-LTTE members managed to send complaints to election monitors, but there was no one present to control the mischief, the sources further said.
A significant number of Sinhala soldiers stationed in the North have turned against SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa as these soldiers have also been forced to work in the agriculture farms and in the construction of the SL military infrastructure in the North.