14 Muslims hurt in Lanka firing
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14 Muslims hurt in Lanka firing

Following the firing by Lankan STF, a curfew has been imposed in Pottuvil, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 20:53 IST

Fourteen Muslims were injured, five of them seriously, when the Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) opened fire on an angry crowd in Ullai near Pottuvil in South Eastern Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Reports from the spot said the crowd of Muslims became restive when the local chief of the STF, tried to prevent them from observing a hartal in protest against the massacre of 10 Muslim youth at the Rattal Kulam reservoirnearby on Sunday.

Following the massacre, which the Muslims blamed on the STF and the STF blamed on the LTTE, the Muslim and Tamil towns in South East Sri Lanka had been observing a hartal and demanding the transfer of the local STF chief.

Following the firing, curfew was imposed in Pottuvil, as the Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando rushed from Colombo to defuse the tense situation, and the Defense Ministry top brass went into a huddle to discuss the situation.

First Published: Sep 20, 2006 20:53 IST