The Army deployed in the North is engaged in a project to improve its relations with the Muslim community resident there. In line with this programme, Security Forces Commander, Kilinochchi, Maj. General G.V. Ravipriya recently addressed a group of about 500 Muslims living in the Nachchikudah area in the Mannar District.
A senior military spokesman told The Island that the community had an opportunity to discuss several problems, including security, land and social issues with the Kilinochchi Command. The official said that they were keen to improve relations with the community in the wake of Easter attacks.
The possibility of the National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) seeking to cause turmoil in the Northern Province couldn’t be ruled out, the official said. “We remain on alert to thwart possible destructive activities.”
The participants were given the opportunity to freely express their views and also raise questions.