Most believe they are singled out for grilling at the checkpoints, while last year hundreds of Tamils were evicted from Colombo because officials deemed them a threat to national security. Only later did a court intervene to stop the evictions, saying it amounted to collective punishment.
"Now we have to wait and see what happens next, if we will be treated equally," equity analyst and Tamil Anchana Ratnasingham said.
Social Services Minister Douglas Devananda, a former Tamil fighter, said tackling long-standing Tamil grievances was "a must" if Sri Lanka is to secure a more peaceful future.
"Until now, Prabhakaran stood in the way. Whatever all democratically elected political parties suggested, Prabhakaran rejected. Now the obstacle is no more," said Devananda after the Tiger leader was found dead.
Image: A Sri Lankan man reads a newspaper copy that carries the news of rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's death in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 19, 2009.