Seeing this, her supporters, friends and neighbors had come to her defence and the goons had run away. The people who came to her aid forced her to move to a safe-house but nonetheless following that the goons returned to attack those who saved her. Eight of the supporters were badly injured. Ananthi informed reporters that some of them had broken heads, and others broken legs; and vehicles too were injured. Among the injured were Attorney-at-Law Subash who heads CaFFE (Campaign for Free and Fair Elections), the election monitoring agency.
At 2:10 AM TNA MPs Mavai Senathirajah, MA Sumanthiran and E. Saravanabavan visited the scene. They were joined by Elections Commission member Achuthan and other election observers.
Informing LankaSri about the incident, Sumanthiran and Ananthi stated that with the purpose of defeating Ananthi the Army is engaged in a lot of propaganda, spreading false stories. One such story is that her husband of the LTTE who had disappeared after surrendering to the army, had in fact been released and therefore Ananthi was no longer a candidate. As such, the bogus story claimed, there was no need to vote for her. Other sections had argued that Elilan is a murderer and therefore Ananthi does not deserve a vote.
The TNA has affirmed that Ananthi is still a candidate without any doubt and that her number is 1 under the TNA on the ballot paper.
Similar stories have also been created against the Chief Minister candidate C.V. Wigneswaran.
Correction; The information about Attorney Kanakaratnam Sugash is not correct. He is the PAFFREL head in Jaffna and not CAFE. In his statement to police he had specifically said that it was the military who attack them. In fact a second round of military vehicles came to abduct the victims but it failed because Sugash was there. We apologise for the error.