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Tamil villagers in Mannar beaten by drunken Navy officer

A Tamil villager in the village of Vankalaipattu, Mannar, were severely beaten by a drunken Sri Lankan Navy offical at midnight after being intercepted at midnight as he was travelling home from visiting the sea.

The following day a village officer (Grama Niladhari), who had witnessed the assault, went to ask the navy why this attack had taken place only to be assaulted by ten navy officials. The navy refused to accept their complaint leaving them to file their complaint with the police station.

Both the villager and the village officer were admitted into Mannar General hospital for medical treatment.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Charles Nirmalanathan has condemned the attack on Tamil villagers in the village of Vankalaipattu, Mannar, by intoxicated Sri Lankan navy officers.

“The violence of the navy reflects the true nature of this government” Nirmalanathan stated.

The attack on Tamil villagers occurred the navy introducing multiple checkpoints within fishing zones. Villagers have raised concerns that this will limit their access to fishing and undermine their livelihood as well as increase the ability of the navy to inflict unopposed violence on Tamils.

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