Detentions at Valaichenai sports meet

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 25 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Several male spectators at the school sports meet of VivekananthaViththiyalayam at Kalmadu, near Valaichenai, 32 km north of Batticaloa, were detained by the Sri LankaArmy after a cordon andsearch operation at the school around 10.30 a.m. yesterday, said sourcesin Valaichenai.

The SLA troops, who swooped on the playing field while the sports meet was going on, rounded up all males present, numbering around 100, and took them to another location nearby, where they were forced to squat under the burning sun until the process of verifying whether they were Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters or members was completed.



An unspecified number of people were detained. No further details are available.

The previous day, a fire fight had erupted between the LTTE and the SLA in the nearby village of Puthukudiyiruppu.

The confrontation had occurred when the SLA, on receiving information that banners had been put up in Puthukudiyirrpu to commemorate Annai Poopathy week, went to the village to remove the decorations, and had subsequently come under LTTE fire.

Two civilians, S Thiyagarajah (42) and T Ponnuthurai (44), were wounded in the SLA's retaliatory fire said sources in Valaichenai. Thiyagarajah died at the Batticaloa Hospital later.

Annai Poopathy fasted to death against the atrocities of the Indian Army in Batticaloa on April 19 1988. The day is marked by a week long series of cultural arrangements in Tamil areas of the island.

 

Latest 15 Reports
20.10.17 07:02  
Jaffna University students boycott classes against manipulative justice of genocidal Sri Lanka
19.10.17 17:11   Photo
Sirisena disappoints student leaders, Cooray humiliates families of hunger-striking prisoners
18.10.17 23:45  
Eastern Provincial Land authority discriminates Tamils
17.10.17 18:46   Photo
Paramilitary operative employed at Cooray's secretariat in Jaffna harasses public servants
16.10.17 07:15   Photo
UN Refugee agency ignorant of stranded Tamil refugees in Indonesia
15.10.17 19:12  
Tamil fisherman rammed by intruding Sinhala fishermens’ boat, fishing disputes escalate in Jaffna
14.10.17 07:34   Photo
Tamil protesters confront Maithiripala Sirisena in Jaffna
13.10.17 17:40   Photo
North at standstill, Sampanthan not to accompany Sirisena to Jaffna
12.10.17 23:35  
SL military postpones land release for 2 years as UN awarded Colombo with 2 more years in Geneva
11.10.17 23:48   Photo
20 Tamil organisations to lay siege to SL Governor's office on Friday
10.10.17 22:05   Photo
SL ‘Manipulative Justice’ exposed once again in Tamil political prisoners’ case: Sivapalan
09.10.17 22:09  
Protests gain momentum as hunger-striking political prisoners’ health deteriorates
08.10.17 23:00   Photo
SL constitutional discourse seen coupled with ‘Vision 2025’ policy of genocidal Sri Lanka
07.10.17 23:21  
Colombo brings Sinhala private partnerships to wage structural genocide in Vanni
06.10.17 23:22  
Uprooted Tamils face ultimatum on proving land ownership in strategic Kokku’laay
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=1175