Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne has told parliament today (20) that the main opposition UNP and the TNA has exaggerated incidents that have taken place in Jaffna.
Speaking during an adjournment debate on the security situation in Jaffna in parliament today, Jayaratne has said that only 16 incidents of violence have been reported between November last year and this month.
He has also compared the security situation in Jaffna to an elephant’s hair and said the government is in the process of uprooting that hair.
According to Jayaratne, the government was taking measures to address the situation in Jaffna.
“Such incidents are common in any society. We have arrested 3,000 persons who have engaged in acts of violence in recent months,” the Premier has said.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has however charged that the government has done little to address the breakdown of law and order in Jaffna.