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‘If you light lamps, the army will shoot you’ – Sri Lankan police warn TNPF member

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Sri Lankan police officers threatened a Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) Pradeshiya Sabha member this morning, pulling up outside her house and warning that the army will shoot her if she lights lamps to commemorate Tamil genocide day on Monday.

Vijeyakakan Rajitha, a Pradeshiya Sabha member in Point Pedro, said up to 15 Sri Lankan police officers, including the OIC, visited her home this morning.

The officers asked her if she was going to light lamps in remembrance tomorrow and when she said she was not, they accused her of lying.

The policemen went on to state that if she did, the Sri Lankan army would shoot her.

The latest attempt at intimidating TNPF members comes after Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) attempted to detain activists and threatened to send them to coronavirus quarantine centres, as the party began a series of events to commemorate the Mullivaikkal genocide this week.