All Mullivaikkal Commemoration events banned
By T Pratheepan (Jaffna corr.) and K Saravanan (Batticaloa corr)
Several 18 May memorial events in public places have been halted in the North and East. Police and military presence has been intensified in many areas in the North as people, including the students of the University of Jaffna are alleged to be gearing to hold commemorative events today (18).
As the coronavirus pandemic is intensifying in the country many of the institutions, including the Jaffna campus, has been shut down temporarily while only the administration departments are opened.
Meanwhile in Batticaloa, the Magistrate Court has issued 10 restraining orders to halt holding memorial service on 18 May. The magistrate ordered several persons, including TNA parliamentarians, former parliamentarians and the Association of Missing Persons, and public organizations, to halt holding the memorial service.
A total of 10 different Police stations have obtained the restraining orders to bar public activities involved in the commemoration of Mullivaikkal in the Batticaloa District. The Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians, and former parliamentarians, members of the Tamil National People's Front, have orgainsed an event and intend to attend the Mullivaikkal memorial today (18 May), sources said.
Restraining orders were obtained by 10 police stations in Vakarai, Valachchenai, Eravur, Karadiyanaru, Batticaloa, Kaluwanchikudi, Wellaveli, Kokkadichcholai, Ayithiyamalai and Kattankudi . The Court also ordered that no rallies or demonstrations be held illegally for 14 days from the 18th without the permission of the Police. The Court issued a restraining order prohibiting isolation and corona immunisation and any unlawful conduct, and that no unauthorised meetings or gatherings, vehicle or parade or any of the organisation and family ties should be complicit or supportive.