Attempted extortion bid:
Three suspects who posed as TMVP members held
Three suspects from Trincomalee who posed as members of the Tamil
Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) party were taken in for questioning by
Security Forces personnel in Jaffna on Friday.
According to Army sources, the suspects had told A. Atputharaja R.
Sutharsan and J. Vasantharoopan of Jaffna that they were the members of
the TMVP and could help them seek political asylum abroad.
The suspects had also demanded Rs. 500,000 from those persons who
sought their assistance to go abroad. However, following a dispute over
the transaction and intimidation by the suspects, the victims had sought
the assistance of the Security Forces.
The swift action taken by Army personnel in Uduvil led to the arrest
of the three suspects, who had arrived in Jaffna from Trincomalee.
They have now been taken into custody along with a white van. The
Army and the police in Jaffna are jointly conducting investigations.