Distribution of tsunami relief aid in this region is dogged by a new dimension. The LTTE is robbing about two thirds of the relief supplies, brought here by various NGOs, residents of the area complained. Relief material sent for distribution does not reach the affected communities while the LTTE takes most of the supplies. A fortnight back the LTTE hijacked two vans with relief goods brought by a NGO but the NGO has not complained about it to the police or the security forces. Most NGOs, people said are hand in glove with the LTTE and allowing them to take whatever they want.
People of the area, mostly fisher folk said the NGOs had brought food supplies to the people and have started building houses but the actual urgent need was to start fishing so that they could earn their living. But none of the NGO?s was equipped to repair or build boats for those who had lost their boats and fishing gear.
The LTTE controlled Tamil Rehabilitation Organization also had received a lot of relief material but none of these were distributed to those affected as the LTTE has given them instructions not to do so residents said.
They said when the disaster hit the Sinhalese people, the JVP and the armed forces had gone to their rescue but none of the TNA parliamentarians or the LTTE cadres was present to help those affected by the tsunami. People said the TNA had come round canvassing votes during election time but they were not there to help the people in distress.
The paddy harvesting season of the Maha crop has started and the LTTE is also robbing farmers of a part of their paddy crop when the paddy is transported by the farmers after threshing, many farmers complained.
They said the LTTE has started collecting ?taxes? again from all those who earned incomes and at present they charged 30 percent on all incomes of the residents in this LTTE controlled area. The LTTE?s illegal tax collections had stopped immediately after Karuna Amman rebelled against the LTTE and split but the LTTE has gone back to their old ways once again, collecting funds under the guise of taxation.