Suspected state intelligence officials handed out gazette notifications from 2011 and told villagers they were prohibited from attending Maaveerar Naal commemorations.
Residents of Kudaththanai, in Vadamaradchi, Jaffna District, were given printed copies of the gazette notification issued during Mahinda's presidential reign. The gazette, "Prevention of Terrorism (Proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) Regulations No. 1 of 2011, No. 1721/2", was given out by unknown Sinhala men, along with a warning that now that Mahinda Rajapaksa had returned as "prime minister", the laws would be enforced.
Copies were also dropped off at the local goverment offices in the village.