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Climate of fear returns to Jaffna

A climate of fear has gripped the Jaffna peninsula after armed Sri Lankan police and Special Task Force (STF) personnel have been deployed to the district.

People living in areas affected by gang violence have accused the Sri Lankan police and STF personnel of entering homes in the middle of night and beating young men, threatening them to confess involvement in gangs.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan government has announced that all leaves for police officers serving in the Northern region has been cancelled until further notice.