EPDP leader Douglas Devananda last week told Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim that he had intelligence reports that the LTTE had plans to bump him off using two explosive-laden vehicles when Solheim called at his ministry last week.
Devananda had asked Solheim to take note of this information, an EPDP news release said.
In the course of a detailed briefing, Devananda last week told Solheim that the LTTE has intensified the killing of members of his organisation, supporters, political opponents of the Tigers, public servants and ordinary people.
Devananda has also briefed Solheim on differences between the LTTE factions and alleged that the Tigers have once again begun a killing spree ?to divert the minds of the people and to suppress those who distrust and have no confidence in the LTTE,? the release said.
Devananda claimed that members of his party were increasingly targeted because they were active in tsunami relief and other work valued by the public for which they have won the people?s trust and goodwill.
Devananda also said that the people of the north and east had to bear government and LTTE taxes. While there was reason for the government to levy taxes from its citizens for providing services, the LTTE which levied high taxes did nothing for the people except suppress them.
The EPDP leader alleged that the LTTE exaggerated their tsunami relief work. The Tigers were defrauding the government by presenting false bills and receipts to the Government Agents and getting themselves reimbursed for twice and three times the value they have supposedly spent on tsunami relief.
He said that government officials were threatened with death and goods meant for tsunami relief taken by force. They have also falsified lists of tsunami affected people by padding them with additional names and getting relief on that basis. They also make a charge of Rs. 2 per kilo on the rations the people receive from the government.
Devananda alleged that the LTTE sent their supporters and stooges to throw stones at army camps and sentry points and they have begun to attack some sentry points in attempts to provoke the forces retaliate so that they could claim they have been attacked by the military.
The LTTE was also obstructing government paddy purchases by not allowing farmers to sell their paddy to the government or other traders, but only to LTTE agents.
Although the government had announced a premium of Re. 1 on the guaranteed price per kilo of paddy to farmers in the north and east, the LTTE say that this is not true and try to procure the entire harvest themselves.
Devananda said that thousands of people are visiting his ministry to obtain financial assistance for temple renovation. He has over 500 visitors from the Wanni seeking such assistance and they were granted around Rs. 20 million.
Devananda said that the LTTE has backed down from their separate state demand to the ISGA and are now talking about a joint mechanism.
Solheim, who was accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador, carefully listened to Devananda and said that he would take up these matters with the relevant authorities, the EPDP news release said.
Dr. K. Vigneswaran, advisor to the minister, spokesman S. Thavarasa and Hindu Affairs advisor, Ms. Maheswari Velautham, Attorney-at-Law were associated with Devananda at the meeting with Solheim.