Tamils being caught like stray dogs -
Convener, Civil Monitoring Commission
(CMC) and Colombo District
Parliamentarian, Mano Ganesan alleged
Tamils were not being arrested in
Colombo but 'caught' at street corners,
work places and homes in the most
degrading manner like 'catching stray
dogs' to be sent to dog pounds.
Calling for immediate intervention by
the IGP to halt the lawlessness that
prevails, he demanded those in authority
to explain to the public as to why
uniformed men were often cited as
Referring to the recent most incident,
Ganesan claimed that the CMC has
verified information that Subramaniyam
Gajendradas (36) and Vinayagasakthi
Vijendran (35) of Dehiwela were 'caught
and taken away' forcefully by armed men
in a white van on February 12, night, in
the 'usual style.'
"I personally enquired from the Dehiwela
police on the 17th about the two
disappearances. The Dehiwala police
later informed me that both the missing
were detained at the CID branch of the
Fort Police Station. The CID had
reportedly informed Dehiwala police by
fax that two Tamils were being
questioned with regard to an alleged
fraud," he said.
"It took five days for the Dehiwala
police to find out that the CID had
arrested those reported missing. The CID
men that had arrested the two were in
civilian clothes but carried firearms.
They had arrived in a white van and not
an official police vehicle. They have
neither identified themselves to the
householders nor provided information
where they intended taking those under
arrest," alleged Ganesan.
Referring to the abduction of Chinnaiah
Chelliah, the owner of the popular
Mysore Caf‚, Wellawatte, on February 12
by armed men, again travelling in a
white van, the CMC Convener said the
complaint was clear about the abductors
being in uniform. An assaulted Chelliah
was released four days later.
Similarly, Ellaisamy Jegan of
Avissawella was picked up in Dehiwela
and released on the 15th. Ragul
Chandrakaran of Jampettah Street and
Muttiah Arasaratnam of Grandpass went
missing on February 10 and 'reappeared'
on the 16th.
"Who can explain whether these were
legal arrests or abductions by police or
'others,' given the lawlessness that
prevails?" questioned Ganesan. He added
that Chinnathamby Subesan of Maligawatte,
abducted on February 14 was still
missing. In like manner, Asirwatham
Sooryakumar (22) of 134/295, Stace Road,
Colombo 14 was abducted by armed men
travelling in a white van in broad
daylight, and near the Grandpass Police.
"I want some answers from the
authorities," he insisted.
Abductions and killings in the northeast
- June '07 to February '08
January 12, 2007: Shop owner
Kanapathipillai Yogarajah (48) from
Kathankudy was shot dead at close range
while returning home. Soon after the
incident, Shanthan of the Pillayan Group
reportedly opened fire on Muslim
worshippers emerging from a mosque
injuring Moulawi Mohamed Fareed (38),
Faizer (36), and M. Alavudeen (44).
June 22, 2007: Anandaraj (49) a labourer
from Ootruchchenai, Vadamunai and a
refugee in Thamaraikkulam, Peththalai,
Valaichchenai since 1996. Anandaraj was
taken away around 9.30 on June 22, 2007
by a group of about 25-30 armed men in
military uniform with masks. The reason
provided was to conduct an inquiry.
His body was found with injuries to the
forehead and chest near the Tsunami
Housing Scheme at Karunkalichcholai. His
wife Rukmanidevi suspects the Karuna
August 11, 2007: Rayath Mohamed Latif
(50), alias Colonel was a popular
supporter of the SLMC. A group of eight
armed Muslims arrived on motorcycles and
shot him dead inside the mosque
September 24, 2007: Pathmarajah Ranjan,
a one-time LTTE combatant. Ranjan who
hails from Pethuchenai, Mandur lost a
hand in battle and later surrendered to
the Karuna Group who discharged him with
a letter of clemency. Locals allege he
was abducted by the STF when he went to
the Batticaloa Hospital.
October 30, 2007: A Muslim trader,
Mohamed Cassim Mohamed Riyal of
Valaichchenai was abducted in the Eravur
Division. Muslims suspect the Karuna
November 11, 2007: In a grenade attack
in Valaichchenai, a SLMC activist's
cousin Rismiya's husband Mustapha Lebbe
was injured. Also injured seriously was
their infant son Siam Sharaf.
November 14, 2007: Armed men arrived at
a house in Oddamavady and abducted five
young Muslim men. The Karuna Group was
initially suspected but locals allege an
army hand. The abducted were identified
as Issadeen Sabras (21), earlier
military intelligence and later a Muslim
militant under Kaleel and a home guard,
Aboobucker Illyas (30), earlier military
intelligence and subsequently a home
guard, Aboobucker Naufer, brother of
Illyas, Mohamed Aliyar Mohamed Riyas
(22) and Illiyas Abdul Cader (18).
November 28, 2007: Sinnathamby
Sathananthan (28). The World Vision
employee was abducted on the main road
in Navatkuda in board daylight.
November 30, 2007: Pakiarajah (48) of
Santhiveli, a railway employee, was
abducted by Ranjan and Illankeeran of
the Karuna Group. The reason was that
his son, a conscript in the Karuna Group
and run away and the father could not
December 1, 2007: Thambimuttu Nadarajah
(39) of Vinayagapuram, Valaichchenai was
manager of the local co-operative shop.
He left for work November 26, 2007.
On December 1, an officer from the
Kumburumoolai army camp informed local
police of a corpse lying on the road
close to the army camp. The body had
torture marks and signs of being
strangled and stabbed.
December 1, 2007: Sivarajah Kaliyagan
(20) of Seelan Store St., Ward 4, Pudur,
was conscripted by the Pillayan Group.
His wife went looking for him to the
TMVP (Pillayan) office in Covington Rd,
Batticaloa. Kaliyagan had been sent for
December 4, 2007: Subramaniam
Sothivadivel - a teacher from
Vavunathivu. It is believed he was
abducted by the STF personnel travelling
in a white van in Urani.
December 9, 2007: Two persons were shot
dead inside a refugee camp in Kokkuvil.
Victims were Ahilesapillai Sivapragasam
(40) from Vallikerny and Vijikanthan
(19) from Kadatkaraichenai, who was
suspected of being a Sea Tiger.
December 11, 2007: Santhirasegaran
Yogarajah (24) of the recently liberated
Munaikkadu north was reportedly abducted
by the Pillayan Group, trained and sent
to the Araiampathy office.
January 7, 2008: President, Volunteer
Teachers Union, Parasuraman Nanthakumar
(31) was shot dead near his house in
Morakkottanchenai reportedly by the
January 10, 2008: Marimuththu Arumugam
(58) from Commathurai, Eravur was a
retired laboratory technician. Refused
to contest the election as a TMVP
January 12, 2008: Poopalapillai
Uthayakumar (49) of Ganeshapuram, Mandur
was shot dead in Vilavedduvan while
returning home from Batticaloa town. The
body showed injuries to the head, face
January 20, 2008: Ehambaram
Nadesamoorthy (35), was in his shop
which forms part of his residence when
two men arrived on a motorcycle and shot
January 31, 2008: Chitravel Kalaichelvan,
was the Sitthandy area leader of the
Karuna Group. His wife who was away
returned home to find her husband shot
dead and his body lying on the road.
February 10, 2008: Illayathamby
Thevathas and his two children were
abducted by armed men travelling in a
white van. Thevathas' dead body was
recovered with gunshot wounds.
January 28, 2008: Thuraiappah Thayaparan
(29) of Komary had quit the LTTE years
ago. He was shot dead on the 28th.
February 1, 2008: Murugesan Parameswary
(40) of Komary, a mother of three
children was threatened in the night by
Karuna's men carrying automatic weapons
demanding her husband's whereabouts.
When she said he was overseas, she was
taken out for an 'inquiry' and shot was
February 11, 2007: Singarajah
Suhithakumar (14) from Akkaraipattu, a
young student was assaulted and shot
dead reportedly by the STF. In a round
up, the STF took away 50 persons
including five children.
December 26, 2007: Preman (21) of
Irupalai was shot dead near his house.
His father, Kailanathan, an employee of
the Mannar courts and a pastor, said
that Preman was not involved in any
political activity and alleged mistaken
January 11, 2008: Kavitha Shanmuganathan
(20) of Alvai North, Karaveddy was
riding her bicycle when two gunmen, on a
motorcycle, allegedly EPDP members
followed her and shot her dead.
January 24, 2008: S. Nadesapillai (61)
of Navatkadu, Varani and former chairman
of the Kodikamam Multi Purpose
Co-operative Society was called out of
his house by gunmen and shot dead. He is
the fourth Co-operative chairman to be
killed since mid-September 2006.
January 31, 2008: Balasundaram Baskaran
(30) and Dushyanthan Baleswary (21) and
Balasundaram Parthipan (19) were three
siblings living near Cholaiamman Temple
in Manthuvil. The Army Field Bike Squad
reportedly surrounded the house and
sprayed bullets killing two. Parthipan
succumbed to injuries later.
February 1, 2008: Sivarasa Suki, a 24
year old was shot and killed at her
house in Jaffna and 26-year-old Uthayan,
was gunned down just half a mile away on
the Allarai-Kachchaay road in Kodikaamam.
October 1, 2007: Poopalapillai (26) from
Muttur East went missing.
December 2, 2007: Kaalirasa Suveekaran
(27) of Bharathipuram, Muttur South went
January 1, 2008: Nagappan Sureshkumar
(15) from Kantale was reported missing.
January 2, 2008: Jeganathan Jeyakanthan
(29) from Pallathoddam, Trincomalee was
abducted from his home.
January 4, 2008: Yogesweran Latchumanan
(27) from Peraru, Kantale missing at
January 5, 2008: Thiagarajah
Vadivelkarasan (24) of Murugan Kovilady
Paalaiootru was abducted down Ganesh
January 11, 2008: Sivananthan
Sivachandran (24) of 126/3,
Varodhyanagar, Trincomalee was abducted
January 12, 2008: Paranjothy Janakan
(21) of Pattimedu, Thampalakamam, was
abducted in Trincomalee town.
January 23, 2008: Walter Bans (34) from
Palmyra Grove, Trincomalee was reported
missing. Last seen in Trincomalee town.
January 23, 2008: Edward Bans (34), twin
brother of Walter Bans went missing in
the same incident.
January 28, 2008: Ehambaram
Kohilavaradharajan (29) of Thirumalpuram,
Trincomalee was abducted from his home.
January 28, 2008: Martin Gerard Justin
(26) of Periyakulam, Trincomalee, was
abducted from his home.
January 30, 2008: Sivaraja Sivaranjani
(19) from Chinabay has gone missing.
February 4, 2008: Thiyoda Christopher
(20), of Veluvelipuram was abducted from
February 4, 2008: Ramakrishnan Prathaban
(25), from Anbuvelipuram was abducted
from his home.
February 4, 2008: Ramakrishnan Jegaruban
(21), brother of Ramakrishnan Prathaban
was also abducted from his home.
February 4, 2008: Chandrasekaram
Thevananthan (17) from Paalaiyootru was
abducted from his home.
February 5, 2008: Sivananthan
Prabhakaran (24) of Kanniya went
February 7, 2008: Iruthayanathan George
Sekar (30) from Ananthapuri reported
February 8, 2008: Christian Gnanasekaram
(35) of Uppuveli went missing.
February 10, 2008: Gunasekaram Sritharan
(26) of Kinniya was reported missing.
February 13, 2008: Kaaliyappu Nagalingam
(26) of Ganeshapuri missing at
Sambalthivu. (Source - UTHR,