Road blocks increased in North & East, inconveniences public

Staff Writer | Author . පරිවර්තනය කරන්න සිංහල හෝ தமிழ் 7/11/2020 6:00:00 PM
Road blocks increased in North & East, inconveniences public

Several parties have alleged  road blocks placed in the North and East have increased.

They said that road blocks placed during the curfew in the Northern and Eastern provinces are still in place, despite the lifting of the curfew.

General Secretary of the Tamil National People's Front Selvarajah Gajendran speaking to said that the government is harassing the residents of the North and East by placing roadblocks in the guise of Covid-19 prevention.

He said that the military is trying to establish its power in this region, causing distress to the Tamil public.

"This government is attempting to establish a slave mentality among the public with its military presence," he alleged.

Although in some areas increased military presence promotes the idea of safety, in the North and East it gives a different idea, according to  Executive Director of PAFFREL RohanaHettiarachchi.  He said that military presence during the election day can be problematic, adding that the Election Commission can only call for military presence if required.

Hettiarachchi said that relative to the South, increased security personnel have been deployed in the North and East. He said that if the military presence hampers election related promotional activities, the matter should be taken up for deliberation.

When inquired about this, Police Media Director Jaliya Senarathna said that there was no increased amount of road blocks placed in these areas. Meanwhile Army Spokesman Chandana Wickramasinghe said that roadblocks are placed only upon request of the police, adding that he was not aware of an increased security presence in the region.