Ashraff Congress wants more Muslims in security forces

May 1 (InfoLanka) The SLMC rebel group the Ashraff Congress (AC) yesterday called upon the government to recruit an adequate number of Muslim youth to the regular security forces so that incidents such as what happened in Muttur and Thoppur could be avoided.

Party leader S. Subairdeen in a letter to the Prime Minister also requested the immediate deployment of security forces at all volatile areas and other Muslim villages bordering the Tamil areas which are under LTTE control. The party also called for the setting up of army posts and home guard units in Muslim majority areas. It said some 8000 families displaced by the recent turmoil were still in varying degrees of depravation and bigger stocks of essential supplies must be sent to them immediately.