Several police teams are currently carrying out investigations against the new group ‘Aava’ after they carried out a sword attack against two police officers at the Chunnakam Market in Jaffna over the weekend.
Soon after the attack, the group claimed responsibility and said that the attack against the police officers were in retaliation to the killing of two Jaffna University students by the Police last week. The police are currently collecting information about the gang with underground connections.
On Sunday, two police intelligence officers were hospitalized after they were attacked by a group who came on motorcycles.
Following the incident, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has called for a total crackdown on ex-LTTE cadres, while emphasizing that the former cadres might be behind the various criminal activities that is taking place in the North and East Provinces.
JHU’s Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said that two gangs, namely the Aava and the Baava groups were carrying out various criminal activities in the North such as extorting civilians, kidnapping and carrying out robberies and therefore it was important for the authorities to crack down these activities. He added that over 12,000 ex-LTTE cadres had been released after rehabilitation.