Reacting angrily to yesterday`s attack on the Army Commander, the JHU yesterday called on the government to ban the LTTE, withdraw from the ceasefire agreement and place the country on a war footing.
JHU Leader Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera told a hurriedly-summoned news conference the government`s policy of patience and flexibility had proved to be a costly mistake and a new strategy must be put into effect now.
The JHU leader said that if an LTTE female suicide bomber could penetrate the highly fortified Army headquarters, then there was little assurance of security for civilians, especially in the east.
He said the government must now strongly respond to the LTTE violence and should give priority to the interests of its citizens without bowing to the pressure of the international community.
JHU General Secretary Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thera said civilians would be justified in taking law into their hands if they believed that the defence system had failed.
He said the LTTE`s aim was apparently to set off Sinhala-Tamil riots which could serve as a turning point in the Tamil Nadu election campaign and give a boost to the Vaiko-Jayalalitha alliance.
JHU theoretician Champaka Ranawaka also attacked the international community saying the delay by the European Union in imposing a ban on the LTTE had apparently left room for the killing of more than hundred civilians.