Human Rights, Human Security, Jaffna, Peace and Conflict, Poverty

Robberies Increase In Jaffna

Gun-point robberies have increased in Jaffna. Town area houses are robbed day or night and even during curfew time. Last week some robbers went to a house during the day, introduced themselves as being from the CID dept and said they wanted to search the house. After they left a camera, money and a mobile phone were missing.

Day before yesterday some robbers went to a restaurant and robbed at gun point. Sometimes the robbers sexually harass women as well.

One month back some robbers robbed a house in Kalvianakadu. The house owner shouted thief and neighbours gathered and chased them away and caught one of them. The villagers assaulted the robber and he died as a result.

A Jaffna library laborer is in police custody now. He was one of the people who beat the robber. Now Police have arrested him and magistrate has ordered that he be remanded.

  • SH

    I know Jaffna was considered before the war as one of the cities in Sri Lanka with the lowest crime rate.

    I assumed that since the war, that at various times, incidents that have been described above would be more common place. I was wondering over which period have people observed this increase?

  • nandasena

    There is no doubt that the parmilitary is accountable for all these robberies and kidnapping. How can an average Tamil do these crimes when there is military personal at every few yards. It appears there are 1 soldier to every 10 civilians in Jaffna. This clearly points the finger in the right direction!!!

    This is not only in Jaffna. It is common in all the so called “liberated” towns like Batticaloa, Jaffna!! It does not surprise anyone when you think of the “white van” phenomenon in Colombo and Lasantha’s murder in broad day light with check points at every nook and corner!!