TMVP leader Karuna Amman yesterday expressed concerns over the possible implications for the Tamil community in case the government decided to vest police powers in the military, Karuna faction spokesman Azad Maulana told the Daily Mirror.
While praising efforts taken by the government to eliminate terrorism, Mr. Maulana insisted that such efforts should not affect the ordinary Tamil civilians who continued to suffer the brunt of the more than two decade-long conflict between the government and the LTTE.
`As a group which is also involved in fighting terrorists we remain firm on the need to eliminate terrorism from this country but whatever measures that are implemented should in no way affect the ordinary Tamils.
`We are concerned that giving police powers to the military might affect the Tamils,` Mr. Maulana said.
Certain media reports earlier this week indicated that the government was planning to vest police powers with the security forces with a view to counter what the government saw was a growing terrorist threat.
`This decision has been taken as it is difficult to collaborate with the police at all times,` a top government official told the Daily Mirror earlier this week.
He said even though emergency regulations were in force, the security forces usually sought police assistance to enforce the law when dealing with civilians but if the new regulations were implemented the security forces would not require police assistance when carrying out search operations.