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TID investigating Jaffna municipal council over Thileepan memorial week

Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) has launched an investigation into the use of a local authority owned water tanker to water the streets of Nallur at the end week-long memorial events to Lt Col Thileepan.

The tributes to Thileepan, a political wing leader of the LTTE who fasted unto death in 1987, were carried out at the destroyed and rehabilitated monument erected in his memory in Nallur, near the original site of his hunger strike.

In 2019, hundreds attended various events at the monument throughout the week of remembrance in September.

On the final day, September 26, water was sprayed on the surrounding streets to dispel the heat.

The TID has written to Jaffna Municipal Council’s commissioner seeking clarifications on who had requested the council-owned tanker and who had granted permission for it be used.

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