TRO not cooperating in abduction probe

[February 10, 2006 - 7.15 GMT]

The government regrets that the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) is not cooperating with the ongoing Police investigations into the alleged abductions of TRO personnel and those associated with it, said Cabinet spokesman Minister of Media and Information Anura Priyadarshana Yapa addressing the media.  

He said the Police had yesterday (09) requested the Batticaloa Magistrate to order the witnesses in the alleged TRO abduction cases to help in the inquiry and investigation into the event.  

The Police yesterday requested the Batticaloa Magistrate to issue notice on Ms. S. Dhoshini, one of the alleged abductees who has been released, to report to the Police through Mr. Sathasivam Mahalingam, the TRO Administrator in Batticaloa.

The Police understand that Ms. Doshini, a District Representative of the TRO is living with her relations at Chenkalady in the Eravur Police area. Instructions have been given to a police squad engaged in his probe to search this area and locate her to assist in the investigations.

Minister Yapa said the Government wants the cooperation of the TRO to ascertain whether there has been any abduction as alleged by the TRO and if so identify those responsible for it.

There has been considerable criticism of these alleged abductions by various organizations, charging Government of inactivity about them. This is despite a special Police probe ordered into this by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which is underway.

The Police have reported that 12 of the alleged abductees have already been released by their alleged adductors. Some of those released have been questioned and their statements recorded by the Police. However, there is also information that seven persons reported to have been released, including six females and one male, have moved into LTTE held areas and are not available for questioning. 










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Last Updated Date: February 10, 2006 - 7.15 GMT


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