LTTE targets more families for conscription
Those seeking higher education told to give
brother/sister to Tigers:
The LTTE, the self-claimed sole representative of the Tamil people in
the North-East has imposed yet another restriction on Tamil youth in the
Vanni to curtail their university education by making it compulsory for
one of their family members to join the Tiger outfit, for them to
proceed to their respective universities to continue university
Over 12 university students who crossed the Omanthai entry exit point
for the first time after the escalation of violence on August 11, last
year, have revealed those facts to the Security Forces, within the past
Lt. Col. Jaya Pathirana, the Commandant In-charge of the Omanthai
Entry Exit Point told the Daily News that 12 university students from
Colombo, Ruhunu and Jaffna Universities crossed to cleared areas on
Monday after receiving clearance from the LTTE after surrendering one of
their family members to the LTTE.
"Two youth, a brother and a sister from the same family arrived in
Omanthai surrendering one of their brothers to the LTTE to continue
their university education in the University of Ruhunu and Jaffna
respectively," he said.
Apart from this, according to the information revealed by these
undergraduates, they also had to undergo basic weapons training to
obtain clearance from the LTTE political offices, to proceed to their
"This is the first time, the Security Forces came to know about this
procedure," Lt. Col. added.
However, the Security Forces could not divulge the identity of those
undergraduates, fearing their personnel security. Earlier, the LTTE has
made it compulsory to surrender one member from each family for the
Tiger outfit, and due to severe shortage of manpower they are now facing
in the Vanni, this number has been increased to two.