Sri Lankan police stopped the former chief minister of the Northern Provincial Council from travelling to Mullivaikkal for a commemoration event this morning, as part of efforts by the state to halt remembrance events across the North-East.
C V Wigneswaran was on his way to Mullivaikkal when his vehicle was stopped at a Sri Lankan military checkpoint at Keratheevu, by the Sankupiddy bridge. The TMK party leader was questioned for 30 minutes before being told that he would not be allowed to travel to Mullivaikkal.
As he made his way back to Jaffna, Wigneswaran attempted to light a lamp at Chemmani, but he was stopped once more by Sri Lankan police officials.
Eventually the TMK leader managed to light a commemorative flame with party members at their Jaffna office.
The obstruction faced by Wigneswaran, was one of several attempts by the Sri Lankan security forces to halt commemorative events taking place today.