Sri Lanka Mirror revealed a news regarding “Ava” by referring senior police official.According to the Srilanka Mirror Report ,Ava Group, the criminal gang of motorcyclists that is terrorizing Jaffna, is a group secretly formed during the previous regime by a top military officer in the north at the time, a senior police official told .

This gang has been created after the war in a well-organized manner, police have found out in the course of investigations into the death of two university students in a police shooting. However, the police have been instructed by the political authority not to reveal anything about this finding to the media.

One such group cut off a hand of a policeman in 2013, he noted, adding that even before the war such gangs were there in Jaffna, but not during the period the LTTE existed.

Mean while, Sri Lanka’s Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake walked out of a press conference when asked about the role of the military intelligence in the on-going unrest and tensions in the Jaffna peninsula.When  reporter asked about claims from local residents that the motorcycle gangs were indeed active in the peninsula and that they were allegedly operated by units of the military intelligence, the minister decided to leave the packed press conference in a hurry. When asked if his hurried departure was an “yes” or a “no”, he declined comment, but gave a broad smile.

North chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran has said he was surprised that such gangs operated in the north where there is a presence of more than 150,000 armed forces and police officers.

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