Bomb attacks on civilians in Sri Lanka must stop
By Satheesan Kumaaran
June 14, 2008
The killing of innocent people is war against humanity and the criminals should be punished with an iron-fist with no mercy. Punishing the perpetrators of these crimes would emphasize that the use of this tactic to attain their goal, is not acceptable. Dividing the people along ethnic lines in Colombo or in the suburbs, or arresting innocent Tamil-speaking people in the South will add fuel to the already burning fire. The government is obligated and is morally accountable to the parliament to find out who the perpetrators are. Peace-loving Sinhalese and Tamils have never wanted to see such bomb attacks targeting civilians and want to see them stopped.
South suffers effect of North and East war
The bombings target buses and trains loaded with people, creating a sense of fear among civilians. The civilians in the South rarely felt the effects of the war between the LTTE and Sri Lankan armed forces while they fought in Sri Lanka's North and East. However, things have changed in the South following the series of bombings targeting commuters.
Roadside bombings on the rise in the South
An attack carried out the week prior to the June 6 attack, targeted two trains. Two weeks before that, alert bus passengers noted two unattended parcels inside two different buses, one at Kadawatte and the other in Moratuwa. Bomb disposal squads were called in and confirmed that these parcels were, in fact, bombs and defused them.
Hours before Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was to be sworn in as the first Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) on May 16 by President Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed a police vehicle opposite the high-security zone killing 12 persons and injuring 70.
President condemns the LTTE
The President should hold those responsible accountable, otherwise the people will lose confidence in their government and in the security of their country. Whoever the perpetrators of the crimes are, the government in Colombo should bring those responsible to justice. Incorrectly issuing condemnation letters in a desperate moment against a common enemy only allows the real perpetrators of the crime to roam free without punishment.
Tamils being arrested and detained
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