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SL Parliament adjourned due to bomb scare

Lanka's Parliament has been adjourned till Feb 14 following a bomb scare inside the assembly hall, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 15:15 IST
PK Balachandran
PK Balachandran

The Sri Lankan parliament was adjourned till February 14 following a bomb scare in the house on Thursday.

Police said that sniffer dogs which were on a routine check in the morning had smelled something fishy in the chamber near the opposition benches.

A thorough check was ordered but no explosive was found.

According to Police chief Chandra Fernando, the dogs might have reacted to the smell of glue or some other substance.

But given the tension in the air, the Speaker WJM Lokubandara adjourned the house till February 14.

Significantly, on Thursday, the house was to witness a demonstration by the by the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs, on the issue of the abduction of ten Tamil aid workers allegedly by the Tamil paramilitaries associated with the Sri Lankan army.

The TNA MPs and the LTTE have been on a vigorous local and international campaign against the abduction of the staff of the pro-LTTE Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) late last month.

The LTTE has threatened not to stay away from talks with the Sri Lankan government in Geneva later this month if the abductions are not investigated and the guilty brought to book.

The government denies that its forces had any hand in the case.

It also denies that it has any Tamil paramilitaries as alleged by the LTTE.

However, the abductors had let off two of the ten persons taken. Both were women.

The abductions were condemned by the UN and US.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 12:35 IST