|East turns into a hell hole
as Pillaiyan runs amok
TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) Deputy
Leader Pillaiyan and his cadres are running riot in the Eastern
Province, especially in Batticaloa, turning the entire district
into a virtual hell hole for the civilians living there, highly
placed sources disclosed.
Grave atrocities, including murder, abductions, extortion and
land grabbing continue unabated in the east, with civilians
living in Batticaloa having to bear the major brunt. Also, the
activities of Pillaiyan and his cadres have now even begun to
spread to Ampara.
“Pillaiyan, who has now been nicknamed ‘Billa’ (child snatcher),
took over the TMVP leadership after virtually overthrowing its
founder, renegade LTTE leader Karuna Amman, who is now in
British custody. However, Pillaiyan’s rhetoric to put an end to
all atrocities committed before his time, now appears to be an
utter farce, with reports emanating from the eastern districts
disclosing that Pillaiyan’s activities are as bad as Karuna’s,
if not even worse,” sources from the east, who spoke on
condition of anonymity claimed.
They also claimed that the situation in the east at present is
far worse before the province was ‘liberated’ from the LTTE by
the government. The situation has become extremely severe that
even civilians who are harassed by the Pillaiyan gang have now
stopped complaining to the police, as law enforcement officers
also turn a blind eye to the growing phenomenon.
The weekly reports from the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission confirm
the number of atrocities committed by the present TMVP
leadership and his cadres with the group allegedly involved in
at least 18 abductions during first week of December.
SLMM Spokesman Pia Hansson told The Nation, “We have noticed a
large number of killings and abductions in the east and we are
concerned about this trend.”
Sources from the province charged that Pillaiyan cadres wear
half masks and enter houses at night to take away valuables and
warn the victims if they utter a word, they will have to face
The Pillaiyan problem has also affected the Muslims in the
province, with sources claiming that Pillaiyan is now
encroaching into the lands that belong to Muslim civilians by
force and is settling his supporters in those lands.
However, when The Nation contacted TMVP Spokesman Azad Moulana,
he slammed the SLMM charging that the Mission was only making
baseless allegations against his party, but at the end of the
day, never produced any proper proof. “If the Mission can
produce us the evidence, we will hold and inquiry and then take
action against any cadre who have committed wrongs,” he assured.