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Tamil political parties remember Annai Poopathy

Members of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) youth wing yesterday cleared the memorial grounds of Annai Poopathy in Kallady, Batticaloa. 

Local residents and ITAK supporters also helped. 

Earlier this week, the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) held a remembrance event for Annai Poopathy in Kurunthaiyadi Munmaari village in Batticaloa. 

Read more: Annai Poopathy remembered in Batticaloa 31 years on

As member of the Navatkerny Mother's Front, Poopathy Kanapathipillai from Batticaloa, commenced a fast unto death on March 19, 1988 to protest the injustices and atrocities committed by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). 

She had called for an immediate ceasefire and peace talks between the IPKF and the LTTE.

Her fast ended on April 19 with her death. 

Her 28 year old son was shot dead by the Sri Lankan army and another son randomly shot dead by the Special Task Force. Another son, arrested during round up operations, was held in Boosa army camp and subjected to severe torture.

In Jaffna, the TNPF held a remembrance event in their head office yesterday, marking the 10th day of her fast unto death.