The JVP today (16) alleged that armed groups operated in Jaffna with the government’s blessings and called for an independent inquiry into the assault on several party members in Jaffna.
JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti told a press conference today that following the attack on several JVP members including himself, the police had said that even they were unsafe due to the armed groups that operated in the area.
Handunnetti said that such attacks could not be carried out in a high security area like Jaffna without state patronage.
He said that the JVPers were attacked during a discussion at former TNA MP Padmini Sithambaranadan’s residence in the Jaffna Town about the protest campaign to gather signatures calling on the government to reveal the names of the Tamil detainees.
He also noted that while the complaint about the attack was lodged with the police at 8 pm., government spokesmen had already made statements that the attack was carried out by people in Jaffna.
Handunnetti challenged the government to prove it was not involved in the attack by conducting a fair investigation into the incident.