Two TNA candidates have withdrawn their candidacy due to threats by an unknown gang in the Batticaloa district, former MP M.K. Sivajilingam said.

Mr. Sivajilingam told to the Colombo media that the TNA was to file nominations for the district today, but the list had to be prepared again after the withdrawal of candidacy by two members. He said political groups having links with the UPFA had started threatening their political opponents.

“This is a serious trend at the very beginning,” he said.

He said the house of a leading TNA candidate for Batticaloa, K. Thurairajasingham had been padlocked from the outside by an unidentified gang so that nobody get out.

The main door of the house had been locked in this way when the occupants were asleep. Later, police assistance was sought to break it open it

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