Massive round up in Valaichenai
[TamilNet, Sunday, 15 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
25 people were arrested when the SLA cordoned and searched 8 villages in Batticaloa district in the early hours of the morning today.
The large operation began around 4 a.m. today and continued until afternoon, said sources.
500 persons were taken to a spot and screened , and later 25 of them were taken to the Valaichenai fisheries harbour camp for further interrogation.
SLA carried the search operation following an exchange of fire between the Liberation Tigers and the SLA in Valaichenai last night.
Meanwhile, 4 civilians were wounded in the SLA's retaliatory shelling in the village of Puthukudiyiruppu.