A Jaffna academic has blamed the Sinhala politicians, including the late Ranasinghe Premadasa, of fueling the formation of the LTTE. Prof. S. Siri Satkunaraja of faculty of mathematics has responded to an allegation by Jaffna commander Maj. Gen. Mahinda Haturusinghe that the Tamil people and the Jaffna university community who had supported the LTTE should be held responsible for 30 years of destruction of the country. He made the charge during a meeting with university authorities and parents of arrested undergraduates at the Palali military base on December 21. Successive government had undertaken a lackadaisical approach with regard to the basic issues of the Tamils and that had caused the entry of the LTE into the scene, the academic has responded. He has added that the failure to address the root cause will result in the country having to continue suffering the repercussions of that approach. He went onto say that the science faculty student under arrest was personally known to him and that he had no connection to terrorist activities.  ]]>

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