Twelve alleged abductees released

[February 8, 2006 - 8.15 GMT]

The special police team detailed by the Inspector General of Police on instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate the alleged abduction of  members of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization ( TRO) and others associated with it, reports that 12 of the alleged abductees have been released.

The police probe covers two alleged abductions said to have been carried out in the Welikanda area on January 29 and 30, 2006.

According to the latest report on the investigation, the Superintendent of Police, Batticaloa states that of the five persons alleged to have been abducted together with their vehicle on January 29, 2006, three persons have been released and their statements recorded by the police.

Those released from this alleged abduction by still unidentified persons are Miss Punyamoorthy Ganeshwari and Miss Sithravelu Sivamadi, both pre-school teachers, whose statements have been recorded by the Police. There are reports that Miss Roshani, also reported to be among these abductees, has been released and is now living with relations in Eravur.

The driver of the vehicle involved in this alleged abduction Thangarajah, and one Ganeshalingam who was in the vehicle are resident of Jaffna, and there is no report of their release so far.

With regard to the alleged abduction on January 30, 2006 of a vehicle proceeding to Kilinochchi involving 13 members of the TRO including its driver, two persons are on record as having been released. They are the driver Selvarasa Pradeepan whose statement has been recorded, and Miss S. Doshini whose statement has still not been recorded. It is learnt that she is at present living with relations at Chenkalady.

Police have information that seven others, six females and one male, who were allegedly abducted in this incident, have been released. However their statements have not been recorded and it is learnt they have gone into LTTE controlled area.

There is no report of the release so far of five others allegedly abducted in this incident. They are Miss B. Premani, Messrs. K. Ravindran, S. Surendran, T. Vasantharajan and A. Satheeswaran.

Police are continuing with the investigations. The statements of several persons have been recorded so far. However, the identities of the alleged abductors have not yet been established.












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Last Updated Date: February 8, 2006 - 8.15 GMT


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