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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
[See also Tortured Tamil bodies float in Bolgoda lake in Colombo and
The collapse of the trial of Special Task Force members charged for the atrocity]
"Angered by posters welcoming the fall of Elephant Pass, members of the police Special Task Force (STF) ran amok in Manmunai and Kirankulam in Batticaloa District on 25 April, entering houses and attacking civilians. Many people were injured and 20, including 69 year-old Palipody Manickam, were admitted to the hospital.
.... Local people complain that arrest procedures under Emergency regulations are not being followed. According to the Human Rights Commission,of the 75 people arrested in Batticaloa between January and April, 62 are in custody, but the whereabouts of 13 people are unknown...
People arranging to go abroad are under increasing pressure from the security forces. S Nathan, travelling to Colombo from Kaluvanchikudi, to go abroad was taken into custody along with his wife and child at Welikanda on 7 April. Batticaloa MP P.Selvarajah has complained to the Committee of Inquiry into Undue Arrest and Harassment (CIUAH) that E Suntharalingam and S Suvendran, who had arranged to travel abroad were arrested by the STF on 9 March, when they went to Wellaveli to bid farewell to relatives. They were later killed. The STF claims that they were LTTE members. Security forces are currently compiling a list of people who have gone abroad from Batticaloa..."
(British Refugee Council, Sri Lanka Monitor, April 2000)