Commencing Wednesday train services on the Northern line were terminated at Anuradhapura until further notice. According to Railway Department sources this had been decided upon following intelligence reports that the LTTE could resort to sabotage beyond Anuradhapura in view of the Heroes Day it prepares to celebrate on November 27.
The LTTE has planned a week-long celebration commencing today (21) to commemorate what it calls ‘Maveerar Day’ and Prabhakaran’s 54th birthday which falls on November 26.
Northern line trains were operated up to Vavuniya and subsequently terminated at Medawachchiya to curb terrorists from the North travelling to the South by boarding trains at Vavuniya.
Security forces have strengthened security at the Medwachchiya and Irataperiyakulam checkpoint, in Vavuniya and only genuine travelers would be allowed to pass, security sources said
The termination of the Northern train services at Anuradhapura is only a temporary arrangement, the Railway said.
Source : The Island