Sri Lankan police stopped and interrogated a divisional council member in Mullaitivu for over three hours in connection with the upcoming anniversary of the Iyankulam massacre carried out by the Sri Lankan army's Deep Penetration Unit (DPU).
Thunukkai divisional council member, S Sujansan said Mallavi police threatened him against commemorating the victims of the targeted claymore attack of November 27, 2007 which claimed the lives of eleven people, including seven students between the ages of 13 and 22. The students had been travelling in an ambulance to a voluntary first aid class.
Sujansan said he had asserted that families of the victims would inevitably remember their children at their place of burial, despite any threats. He highlighted that police had shown no regard for his position as an elected politician and had stopped and interrogated him on the roadside for around three hours.
Sri Lankan police have intensified crackdowns on remembrance activities across the Tamil homeland in the run-up to Maaveerar Naal.
See also: Sri Lankan attacks on ambulances condemned (Dec 12, 2007)