The Jaffna Magistrate Court was tense on Friday when Jaffna’s Headquarters Inspector explained to the court why the Police were seeking an order to ban commemorative events to remember the ‘war’ dead.
During his submission, Inspector Prasath Fernando said that “we (government) made it possible for those who ate pittu and vadai those days to eat pizza now,” referring to the change in the peninsula’s social fabric following the end of the ‘war’ eleven years ago.
His statement drew angry remarks from TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran who appeared for the respondents. He said the inspector was disrespecting the people of Jaffna as a whole under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Sri Lanka is also a signatory.
“As a person who has represented the people in Parliament for the past 10 years, I am asking who is he to make such deragatory claims against the people of the North?” he asked taking the statement of the HQI to a new level.
Inspector Fernando also submitted a photograph of slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran taking part in a commemorative event as evidence to support the petition.
Mr. Sumanthiran asked, “If that’s the case, the HQI should be filing a case against the LTTE leader since he is in the picture. Why are they filing petitions against us?” he asked.