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Karuna and Pillayan supporters clash in Ampara

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A clash erupted between supporters of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan (Pillayan) and Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan (Karuna) in Thirukovil, Ampara today which left 3 people injured and a vehicle set ablaze, TMVP Spokesperson Azath Moulana told Daily Mirror online.

When contacted Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakara confirmed to Daily Mirror Online that there was a clash between two groups and that a vehicle was set on fire but could not confirm the identity of the two groups. He also said that the army and police were deployed to the area.

However, Mr. Moulana claims that supporters of Minister Muralitharan led by Inniyabharathi had attacked Pillayan supporters and left three people hospitalized, two of who are seriously injured.  Minister Muralitharan was unavailable for comment.

Tensions have been running high in the East between Minister Muralitharan and Pillayan from early 2007. The two parties have had various disputes including the alleged misuse of TMVP funds and harassment of TMVP supporters by Minister Muralitharan.



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December 17, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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