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Sri Lankan minister to visit North-East to 'defuse pro-LTTE mindset'

Sri Lanka's law and order minister, Ranjith Madduma Bandara is to visit the North-East on Thursday in order to "defuse the pro-LTTE mindset in the area", his deputy said at a news conference. 

The deputy minister of law and order, Nalin Bandara Jayamaha and the Inspector General of Police, Pujith Jayasundara are to accompany Mr Bandara on his visit to the Northern province. 

“We will gather all stakeholders and will try to resolve matters,” the Mr Jayamaha said. 

“There is only a pro LTTE mindset among the people in the area and that will be got rid of sooner or later. It will not be easy but we will do it. We will not allow the LTTE come back again,” the deputy minister added

“Intelligence units are on alert. Terrorism prevention units are active in the North," he warned. 

His comments come after the then state minister, Vijayakala Maheswaran said that a resurgence of the LTTE was needed in order to deal with the rise in violent crime. She was forced to resign following condemnation by Sri Lankan politicians, fellow UNP party members and MPs for her remarks.