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* Sri Lanka's Northern Province CM concerned over increase in military presence due to search operations in North
Mon, Mar 24, 2014, 08:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 24, Jaffna: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran has expressed concern over the possibility of increasing the military presence in the North due to search operations in the area.

Wigneswaran made this observation in a statement issued on the protest organized in Mannar by families of disappeared persons in the North.

The Chief Minister has said that he had been informed by the Jaffna Security Forces Commander, Major General Udaya Perera that the LTTE was attempting to regroup in the North and as a preventive measure, the Security Forces have been put on alert and search operations have been intensified.

The local media quoting reports from Jaffna said that hundreds of Sri Lankan military personnel have rounded up young Tamil men and women in the regions of Suthanthirapuram, Puthukudiyiruppu and Iranamadu and interrogated them on the last week's shooting incident at Tharmapuram, Kilinochchi where an LTTE suspect called Gopi had escaped from a home after firing at a police team which went in search of him.

Reports said that the youths were interrogated by officers from the military, police and the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID).

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