The LTTE yesterday accused the military of harassment ahead of next week`s presidential election, when the minority community is expected to play a decisive role.
The LTTE said the military had increased checkpoints ahead of the election to restrict movement between rebel and government-held territory.
?The army is claiming that the reason for heightened security checks falls under the pretext of the upcoming presidential election,? the LTTE said in a statement posted on its website yesterday.
It said Tamil women were being subjected to intimacyual harassment.
The announcement came a day after the LTTE said it would allow Tamils to vote in the November 17 poll.
TNA leader R. Sampanthan, said the LTTE would not interfere with the electoral process and neither encourage nor discourage people to vote.
?Tamil people have decided that they have nothing to gain from the presidential election,? Mr. Sampanthan said after meeting the LTTE leadership in the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi.
Tamil votes are seen as crucial with the two main contenders, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, expected to split the vote of the majority Sinhalese community.
There will be no polling in rebel-held areas but election authorities have arranged transport for civilians to and from Tiger territory to voting stations set up just outside the front lines.