TNA abandons Jaffna fast after talks with President

The Tamil National Alliance called off its one-day token fast in Jaffna yesterday after President Mahinda Rajapaksa assured that charges would be dropped against 102 people who staged a protest outside the Army Camp at Nawanthurai.

The charges included attacking an army camp and engaging in terror activities. Some 104 people were arrested after a protest outside the army camp in Nawanthurai, during which they are alleged to have thrown stones at army personnel. They were produced before the Jaffna Magistrate on August 22 and remanded.

A TNA delegation comprising six MPs met the President and requested that the charges be dropped against these people. Thee President had agreed, a TNA spokesman said.

The President and the TNA had agreed that the situation in the Jaffna peninsula was returning to normal after the “grease yaka’ scare and that further steps should be taken to ease the hardships of the people, he said.

The President had said the Tamils were the worst affected in the 30-year-long war and it was now necessary to ensure that they were given the opportunity to have a new beginning.

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