Karuna faction`s political arm, the Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP), yesterday demanded increased security for its political offices in the east owing to the growing threats faced by the LTTE.
A TMVP supporter was gunned down by the LTTE at Chenkaladi in the Eravur police area on Saturday while suspected LTTE terrorists killed two TMVP supporters and three civilians also in the same area.
`We are the political party which faces the most threats by the LTTE and in the face of the recent attacks our security should be increased. That is the responsibility of the government,` Karuna spokesman Azad Maulana said.
The TMVP operates 20 political offices in the east including Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Ampara and has an office in Polhengoda, Colombo. Mr. Maulana said the organisation hoped to setup new offices in the recently liberated areas of Vakarai and Muttur as well as Kadiraveli.
`We select the areas to open offices based on two reasons. One is the Tamil population in the area and the other where Tamils face the most problems,` Mr. Maulana said
The TMVP feels with the capture of Vakarai and Kokadichcholai some LTTE cadres who fled these areas have managed to infiltrate government controlled areas in the guise of civilians, are now posing a threat to Karuna activists.
The Karuna faction itself is alleged to be posing threats to civilians in the east, the latest report came from Pottuvil, an allegation the organisation flatly denies and instead passes the blame on its former comrades of the LTTE.
Mr. Maulana denied allegations of TMVP cadres working in collusion with the government and insisted the only collaboration, if any, is what a registered political party has with the state purely for political purposes.