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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 05.20 GMT

People complain against LTTE at public sitting on missing persons


During public sittings of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons on Saturday March (22) in Batticaloa, people complained against the LTTE for its violence on civilians.

Weerapathira Erambamurthy of Devapuram, Batticaloa informed the Commission that his three sons aged 45, 29, and 27, were shot and killed by the LTTE.

Erambamurthy informed the Commission that his 45-year-old son was in the Army and the LTTE accused him of providing information to the Army.

According to a report by, Erambamurthy said his first son was shot and killed by the LTTE on October 10, 1985, second son on November 30, 1992 and his 45-year-old son who was in the Army was abducted by the LTTE while he was on leave at home in Matale.

"The LTTE had drugged him and brought him in a van to Batticaloa via Kandy," he said.

Erambamurthy said once his son gained consciousness, he had struggled with LTTE cadres who had then shot him dead and threw his body on a street in Batticaloa. He informed the Commission that the order to execute his three sons was given by the LTTE Batticaloa leader Nadesan.

The Presidential Commission to investigate cases of alleged disappearances of persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990 2009 concluded its first public sitting in the East on March 22 with 129 people from Chenkallady, Vakarai and Batticaloa making submissions.

The Commission received 1,289 new complaints during the hearings that took place from March 20 to March 22, 2014. These new complaints were registered by Tamil-speaking staff assigned by the Commission. The Commission's Secretary Mr. H.W. Gunadasa said the complainants will be given a date to come before the Commission.

Of the total number of approximately 16,000 complaints received by the Commission thus far from all parts of the country, 5,799 have been analyzed and entered into a computerized database and will be scheduled for public hearings. The Commission will launch a website in the near future enabling the public to access information on the Commission's work.

According to the Commission, of the submissions received so far from hearings in Jaffna and Kilinochchi, several cases have been handed over to the Attorney General's Department for legal action. If the need arises, the Commission will appoint its own independent investigation team to inquire into specific cases, the Secretary said.

The three-member Commission, comprising Mr. Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama (Chairman), Mrs. Dimingu Badathuruge Priyanthi Suranjana Vidyaratne and Mrs. Mano Ramanathan, has been given the authority to conduct inquiries and investigations necessary, and submit a report to the President.





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