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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
"....The Tigers captured 400 sq. mile territory in a five-day operation in the Vanni named Oyatha Alaigal III (Unceasing Waves) in early November. As the Tiger offensive continued, some of the retreating Sri Lankan soldiers attacked civilians and looted shops in Vavuniya town, according to the Vavuniya Traders Association. Reports say that they also shot and wounded a military policeman who attempted to prevent the looting.
Sri Lankan Air Force planes bombed Palliyady in Mullaitivu District on 3 November, killing six people, including Dharmarajah Krishnapillai, 65. Three children were among the seven wounded. Three civilians, including two year-old Gajanthini, were killed by LTTE shells at Thonikkal, near Vavuniya, on 18 November...
In Mannar District, shells killed four people, including Krishanthini, 7, and injured six on 27 November....
The Tigers began shelling the Thallady Army camp, three miles south-east of Mannar town damaging a section of the camp. The Army retaliated by shelling Erukkalampiddy on Mannar Island. The people fled towards Pesalai, further west on the island. Kakkavattakandan area was shelled on 27 November killing S Mahalingam and N Narayanasamy....
Civilian casualties continue to cause concern, as government forces and the LTTE fight for territorial gain in the east.
Shells from Kaluvanchikudy Army camp, 14 miles south of Batticaloa town, on 4 November injured four people in the village, including S Mamankam, 59. Local MP P Selvarajah protested to the Army high command for the attack on civilians. Two days later, the police Special Task Force (STF) shot dead two men fishing at night in the Batticaloa lagoon at Kaluthavalai, two miles north.
On 9 November, Sri Lankan soldiers shot dead Tamil youths K Ravindran, 20, and S Mathan, 18, at Valaichenai. Razik Group members killed M Perinpamurthy on 10 November in Kaluvankerni as he worked in a coconut grove. The Razik Group works with the Army and has been accused of human rights abuses...
The STF carried out a cordon and search operation in Karaitivu and Manalchenai, south of Batticaloa town, on 11 November and detained several youths. They were paraded before talayattis or masked informers and were released later. Relatives complain that the whereabouts of Vantharumoolai resident S Ganeshamurthy, arrested by the Army on 16 November, are unknown.....
The police arrested Radha Saluja, 21, on 29 November in Thirunelveli.(Jaffna Peninsula). When relatives contacted the police, they were informed that she will be released only if her husband, who is a LTTE suspect, surrenders. N Balaruban of Chunnakam and T Prabhakaran went missing in November. The security forces have denied arresting them. Following demonstrations by Jaffna University students, Selvanayagam Sutharsan, who was arrested in October on charges of possessing firearms, was released on bail on the recommendations of the Attorney General." (British Refugee Council Sri Lanka Monitor, November 1999)