Tense Situation In Jaffna On Victory Day: Uthayan Office Under Siege

A tense situation has occurred in Jaffna today with the Army surrounding the Jaffna-based Uthayan newspaper office and another building belonging to the Tamil National Alliance. 

Speaking to 'Asian Mirror', a TNA spokesman said a large military presence is reported in the city of Jaffna today from the morning. The Army has banned any sort of commemorative acts remembering the members of the LTTE who died during the final phase of war. Sources from the Army said soldiers have been deployed in Jaffna as a proactive measure to avoid "illegal commemorations" and unwanted incidents during the Victory Day. 

"Over 50 armed soldiers surrounded the Uthayan building, and some soldiers are currently trying to enter the offices," Tamil Guardian, a website operating from overseas, reported a short while ago. Uthayan newspaper, owned by TNA Parliamentarian Saravanabawan, has come under attack from various parties for nearly 40 times, 

Asian Mirror could not contact Army Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya today to get his comments on the matter as our calls went unanswered. 

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