The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says Jaffna has been fully militarized after the war with the army engaged in civil administration.
Member of the Central Committee of the JVP and National Organizer of the Socialist Youth Union (SYU) former Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake noted that even the governor of the north is also a former army officer.
“In most events in the north, be it even to hold an event in a school, permission must be obtained from the nearest army camp. There is also the land issue. In most activities we see the army being involved,” he told reporters today.
He also said that there is a fear psychosis spreading in the north with people being arrested at will and others disappearing.
Rathnayake also noted that many youth are still in police or military custody while cases have not been filed against them.
Meanwhile, the JVP member also claimed that some schools in the north do not have electricity.
He said that in some cases, for example in Kilinochchi, the electricity of some schools have been cut for not paying their electricity bills.
“When things like this take place in the north there are groups who will try to make use of it to create racial discord among communities,” he said.
Rathnayake also said that, separately, there are groups operating against Muslims creating tensions among religions. (Colombo Gazette)