A special security blanket will come into effect in the Jaffna peninsula and the military is to take tough action against any terrorist acts in the peninsula, following a directive from President Mahinda Rajapakse, after violence claimed the lives of many soldiers in the region.
This decision was taken after an assessment tour in Jaffna on Tuesday evening by a top Colombo defence delegation comprising Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse, Presidential Secretary Lalith Weerathunga, Chief of Defence Staff Daya Sandagiri, Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda, Air Force Commander Donald Perera and IGP Chandra Fernando, .
Speaking to the Daily Mirror the Army Chief said special cordon and search operations are underway in the peninsula to track down the culprits.
?Additional troops will be deployed and tight security arrangements are already underway?, he said.
Referring to the two claymore mine attacks, he said only one or two small LTTE groups have been carrying out such attacks against the military and vowed to take tough action against them. ?We have to protect military men and every effort will be taken to curb terrorist acts in the area. It is our duty to create a safe environment in the peninsula somehow?, he said.
The IGP said officers from the Criminal Investigation Department and the Finger Print Department will be deployed in the peninsula permanently. He also stressed the necessity of having Tamil speaking policemen in the peninsula and said that after meeting with senior police officers in the area, it was decided to set up snap barriers and also increase intelligence gathering.
After the second claymore attack in Jaffna, the delegation had left for Jaffna and held a series of talks with senior military officers there. The delegation arrived in Colombo yesterday morning.
The delegation also discussed LTTE movements in government-held areas, as the LTTE has already withdrawn from political work in these areas. It was revealed that LTTE cadres illegally entered government held areas without any permission.
Meanwhile during a discussion with the area commanders in the Jaffna peninsula, the new Army Chief emphasized the need to adhere to the ceasefire agreement, while defending themselves.
He also advised the soldiers to exercise maximum restraint while protecting civilians in the area, in such situations.