Rival LTTE factions, fighting for supremacy in Batticaloa, on Wednesday interfered with the funeral of a youth killed at Mamamgam, Batticaloa last Tuesday.
An authoritative Batticaloa based military official said that the Vanni group ordered a major demonstration against the killing of 22-year-old Sivalingam Arun, a three wheeler driver.
`The Vanni group demanded a big show. Three wheeler operators were ordered to conduct a major protest against the military and paramilitary groups,` the official said.
But Karuna loyalists, believed to be responsible for Tuesday`s killing had ordered three wheeler drivers to ignore the order.
The three wheeler operators, after making representations to the rival factions, were allowed to conduct, what the official termed, a low key protest. They carried placards and shouted slogans but were careful not to target the Karuna faction, he said.
`The civilians are in a dilemma. Both sides don`t hesitate to pull the trigger. This is a different kind of war,` the official said, adding, `Fear is the key`.
Meanwhile, a group of EPDP activists yesterday brought the coffin of a 35-year-old member to the Batticaloa office of the Scandinavian truce monitors in Batticaloa.
The EPDP had regularly taken bodies of their members killed by the LTTE to SLMM offices and at least once placed a coffin at the entrance to the Norwegian embassy in Colombo.
Arumugampilai Alias Mohan was shot dead at Batticaloa market in high security zone on Wednesday morning. He had worked at the EPDP`s Batticaloa office.
Mohan was on his way to the market with police personnel to buy provisions when he was shot.
Two civilians at the market were also wounded in the incident. One of them was identified as Vellupillai Navaratnam,50, of Pump house road, Palameenmadhu, Batticaloa.