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Drug smuggling in North-East aimed at eradicating Tamil society says Chief Minister

The rise of drug smuggling in the Tamil North-East is degrading education, culture and development in a manner that seems “well planned” and aims to eradicate Tamil society, said Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran.

Speaking at a teachers’ conference at Vembady Women’s College in Jaffna, Justice Wigneswaran told the audience that despite the presence of 15,000 Sri Lankan army soldiers in Jaffna, illegal drug smuggling has continued to increase.

“At whose behest is this happening?” he questioned, noting that there were even greater numbers of air force, navy and police personnel.

“We understand that the sale of these narcotics is mainly focussed on school children, with an aim to destabilise the education of our students,” he continued.

The chief minister also called on teachers to remain vigilant and watch for signs of drug use in schools.

Drug smuggling in the North-East has increased since the end of the armed conflict, a fact noted by Justice Wigneswaran, who lamented its rise.

See our earlier posts:

Cannabis smuggling operations increase across North-East (30 April 2016)

Drug use in former conflict areas ‘rapidly rising’ (05 Apr 2016)

Millions of rupees worth of cannabis recovered in Jaffna (26 Mar 2016)


Sri Lankan police recover 2kg of heroin in Jaffna (12 Mar 2016)

60 kg of cannabis seized by Sri Lankan police in Jaffna (03 Mar 2016)

Five-fold increase in consumption of alcohol in North-East Sri Lanka
 (14 June 2015)

Genocidal agenda behind increase in drugs in North - TNA MP (10 Jun 2015)

Tamils still face genocidal agendas says TNA MP (07 Jun 2015)

Increased drug problem since Sri Lanka's military arrived in North-East says CV Wigneswaran (08 Jun 2015)

Drugs deliberately introduced to quell desire for liberation of Tamil youth says Wigneswaran (02 Jun 2015)

Unacceptable presence of war criminal soldiers in North-East - CV Wigneswaran (25 May 2015)

Prevalence of drug use raises questions says Wigneswaran (17 May 2015)

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