Security beefed up in North | Sunday Observer

Security beefed up in North

23 May, 2021

Security was tightened in various parts of the Northern Province, particularly in the Mullaitivu district to prevent any form of untoward incidents coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the end of the three decades of terrorism in the North and East.

Several areas in the Mullaitivu district were brought under the strict surveillance of the Security Forces and the movements of civilians were also restricted in view of the rising numbers in Covid-19 cases.

However unlike in the previous years people hardly gathered at the Mullivaikal area where a monument was erected to pay tribute for those who perished during the last lap of the three decades of terrorism in the North and East.

People of Mullaitivu lit lamps in their homes to remember their dead family members.

Meanwhile former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. K. Sivajilingam who had attempted to take part in a commemoration at his office was turned back by police. He had later lit lamps at his residence.

Jaffna was brought under a tight security blanket with Police and Security Forces personnel patrolling several areas in the Peninsula.

Health statistics indicate, that Covid-19 cases are on the increase in the North with 137 confirmed cases in the entire Northern Province.

He also added samples of 937 are currently being tested at the Jaffna Teaching hospital and the Jaffna Medical Faculty laboratories.

Meahwile former Member of Parliament of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) K. Thurairetnasingam succumbed to Covid-19 on Monday at the age of 80.

He died at the Kantale Hospital while receiving treatment for Covid-19 related complications.

He is the second former legislator in Sri Lanka to succumb to Covid-19. In February the former Speaker and UNP parliamentarian W. J. M. Lokubandarana passed away owing to the same virus.