The body of a youth found near the Nanthavil Amman temple in
Kondavil in Jaffna on Friday was identified by relatives
Saturday evening as that of Kutaalam Muraleetharan. Residents
found the body with its hands and feet tied up and eyes
blindfolded. A relative of the youth said that Muraleetharan had
earlier complained to the Human rights Commission in Jaffna that
he was facing a dire threat from a paramilitary group working
with the Sri Lanka army.
Upon being informed by the local
residents, the Kopay Police removed the body and later on Friday
handed it over to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.The Police said
that they are investigating the circumstances of the youth's
disappearance. Human rights sources said that Muraleetharan
appears to have been tortured and killed.