Welikanda killers were in Tiger uniform
COLOMBO: Monday's barbaric killing of 13 civilians by the LTTE in
Welikanda was aimed at evicting villagers from the area, Valachchenai
ASP W. Senaratne told the Daily News.
He said is it now confirmed that the LTTE was behind the massacre.
"The two survivors of the massacre in their description of the
incident told police that there were 15 LTTE in Tiger uniform."
The EU ban on the LTTE had angered the outfit and drove it to
massacre innocent civilians who were working on the Mahaweli canal
He said there is also information that more than 300 LTTE cadres are
moving around in this area to attack Security Forces installations. The
massacre was a signal for civilians to leave to allow the LTTE free
He said the LTTE had ordered banks and NGOs to close their premises
on Monday to protest the EU ban on the LTTE .
"The LTTE cadres extorted money from people in these areas and those
who resisted were threatened," ASP Senaratna said.
The brutal killing of civilians occurred in Omadiyamadu area which is
located between Valachchenai and Welikanda in an uncleared area.
Security has been strengthened in the villages following Monday's
incident with the deployment of additional personnel. "We also advised
villages who go to collect firewood and other needs not to enter jungle
areas as a precaution," an officer at Polonnaruwa police said.
The bodies of the victims have been handed over to their families.