THE hartal by two Sinhala organisations in Trincomalee protesting LTTE atrocities against the Sinhala community in the East, continued for the second day yesterday bringing normal life to a halt.
Shops and businesses remained closed for the second consecutive day while public transport too was paralysed as a result of the Hartal.
Trincomalee Police said there was no incident or breach of peace reported during the hartal.
The Sinhala Vimukthi Sanvidhanaya and Negenahira Sinhala Pibidena Sanvidanaya declared the hartal urging for swift measures by the Government to arrest the spate of killings by the LTTE.
With yesterday being a public holiday, all public institutions and schools remained closed. `Also the transport service was totally crippled yesterday due to the hartal,` our Trincomalee Correspondent said.
Although there were no major incidents affecting the peaceful environment in Trincomalee, four explosions had been reported including a suspected hand grenade blast in a house in the Trincomalee town. Police are investigating. All shops in the area remained closed yesterday.
The two Sinhala organisations announced that they declared the hartal protesting against the frequent hartals organised by pro-LTTE organisations in Trincomalee paralysing public and private sector activities.
The hartal will continue today.