People speak on LTTE barbarism
Peace-loving people expressed their views to the Sunday Observer this
week on the barbaric acts of the LTTE where 22 bus passengers were
killed by explosions. A number of others were wounded in the two
explosions that occurred in Nittambuwa and Seenigama last week.
A thirty-five-year-old public sector employee Nishantha Edmund
condemned the two barbaric attacks by the LTTE on bus passengers in
Nittambuwa and Hikkaduwa which killed 22 persons including children.
He said the LTTE's objective in provoking ordinary people after these
two blasts were not successful due to the behaviour of ordinary people
who lived peacefully with the Tamils in those areas.
A mother of three children, Lalitha Fernando of Moratuwa said the
LTTE has now focused its attention on outstation areas after failing in
the city of Colombo and asked the authorities to strengthen security
even in the outstations.
"Allow security personnel to check passengers and their belongings in
buses, so that no traffic jams will occur," she said.
A 39-year-old businessman G. Muniratna of Pugoda said more attacks on
innocent civilians can be expected from the LTTE in the future and
therefore not only baggage, but people too must be subjected to body
A resident of Bingiriya, Kamani Pushpalatha asked why the security
personnel do not subject bus or train passengers to body checks, as
suicide bombers never take bombs inside their belongings.
A Sri Lankan in Jordan, Susantha Senaratne, of Kaduwela who arrived
in the country last week, said that many security personnel who guard
the road blocks release vehicles only checking the underneath of the
vehicle by placing a mirror.
"It is a pity that they never check the bags and other belongings
which could easily be used to conceal bombs," he said.
A Banker, Gemunu Wadugodapiyiya of Udugampola, Kandy, employed in
Maradana said people from villages who come to Colombo very often must
be more vigilant about bombs and urged them to be courteous towards
security personnel when checking was done.
"During one of my recent visits to Colombo I saw a middle-aged lady
arguing with a Police Constable at Bambalapitiya about checking her
daughter's hand bag," he said. He said when the mother scolded the PC
for checking the young lady's hand bag, luckily some women spoke in his
favour, he added.
Mohamad Ajimala of Kolonnawa urged the police in Colombo to check all
vehicles entering the car parks since time bombs can be fixed to such
A 21-year-old University student Shanthadas Sivalingam, resident of
Ampara said the acts of the LTTE cannot be stopped until its
headquarters in Kilinochchi was destroyed.
A retired public servant, U.Polgolla of Kiribathgoda said all
passenger buses must be checked for bombs. But it's a difficult task for
the armed forces, he said.
"Therefore I think the authority to check bags and other belongings
of passengers must be given to bus crews", he said.
Mrs. Ranjani Gunasekara, an employee of a Pradeshiya Sabha said the
two bus bombs which exploded last week at Nittambuwa and Hikkaduwa would
have been assembled in those same areas.
"Therefore I think the security officials should conduct sudden
search operations on homes, she said.
She also said many peace-loving Tamils living in Colombo and other
places were being forced by the LTTE to help the Tigers.
And if they do not agree members of their families are abducted, she
A private sector employee Channa Wijesinghe said more bomb explosions
could occur unless the Government strengthened the security in buses and
trains. "Therefore, I request the security personnel to check the
belongings of train passengers waiting at the stations and bus
passengers at bus stands in order to minimise the damage.
A staff officer in a Government Institution at Hanwella Gamalath
Arachchi said the LTTE supporters were mostly living in the city of
Colombo and therefore people waiting for buses at bus stands in
Wellawatte, Bambalapitiya, Kollutiya, Borella and Maradana must be
A retired Army officer who worked in Karainagar for six years said
the LTTE is now silent but, this silence will not last for long.
"Therefore our forces should not stop their operations" he said.