Deputy Inspector General in charge of Batticaloa M.P.G. Samarakoon says that 700 troops will be deployed in Batticaloa next week to avoid clashes between Tamils and Muslims and to build up trust among the communities.
Speaking with `Lanka-e-News` Special Correspondent Ravi Chandralal yesterday morning (09) at Batticaloa Vipulananda Road office, DIG Samarakoon who had assumed duty on June 01 said that he made a plan after discussing with the Chief Minister Chandrakanthan, Army seniors, religious and civil leaders.
He said that the number of checkpoints and mobile patrols would be increased and the defunct peace committees would be revived accordingly.
The DIG said that Tamil - Muslim unity deteriorated with the Provincial Council election and exaggerated reporting terrified both communities.
`250 Tamil families from Eravur and 140 Tamil families from Kathankudi were displaced due to violence and they were housed in two schools and a mosque. Thirty more Tamil families were housed in Nawakkuda Hindu Center. However, all of them have now returned to their residences,` said Additional District Secretary of Batticaloa Ms. R. Ketheeswaran to `Lanka-e-News` correspondent adding that no Muslims were displaced.
Our reporter says that in the clashes following the killing of TMVP senior Shanthan, `Border Villages` are being created between Tamil and Muslim villages now and the duty of the state authorities is to prevent the adverse development.