Military Denies TNA Accusations
By Dinouk Colombage
The military has denied claims made by TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran that people in Jaffna must seek approval from the army to hold funerals.
Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya categorically denied these accusations, saying, “the army plays no role in the day to day running of the north or Jaffna. Civil administration of the region is left to the civil administrators”.
He went on to say that the army simply plays an assisting role in the north, and does not in any way look to govern the people. “We assist the administrators of the region in instances of reconciliation and rehabilitation. There is no case of us telling the populace what to do”.
Wanigasuriya went on to say that such accusations continue to arise regarding the role of the military, but they are incorrect.
Addressing an event in Kandy on Wednesday, Sumanthiran told the audience that for the past three years in Jaffna the local populace have been forced to seek approval from the military before holding a funeral.