LTTE taxing Rs. 4,000 from Govt servants’ salary
COLOMBO: The LTTE has started to suppress Government servants living
in uncleared areas forcing them to contribute Rs. 4,000 from their
salary to the coffers of the LTTE, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya
Nanayakkara said yesterday based on the information from civilians
fleeing the uncleared areas.
“Even the pensioners have not been left out of this, as they too are
forced to contribute Rs. 4,000 out of their pension,” Brigadier
He also said the civilians living under severe pressure of the LTTE
were now fleeing to the cleared areas in large numbers.
“Five hundred and seventy seven civilians have already arrived in the
cleared areas within this year alone with a large number of civilians
reaching Government controlled areas within the first week of this
month,” he added.
Brigadier Nanayakkara also said that an estimated 200,000 civilian
population in the uncleared areas are living under severe pressure as
the LTTE has made it compulsory for the civilians aged 17 to 50 to
undergo 10 days military training.
“There is an indication that the LTTE is making a major effort to
defend their remaining strongholds in the Wanni and recalling ex-LTTE
cadres back to the organisation for this exercise,” the Brigadier added.
He said a number of Tiger cadres have surrendered to the Security
Forces within the past few weeks as members of the outfit are beginning
to realise the futility of their mission.