2ND LEAD (Correction)
SLA arrests son taking coffin to father's funeral
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 May 2006, 16:05 GMT]
Mr. Thavithu Robinson, 27, of Iranaithivu-Pooneryn was arrested by soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Wednesday around 11 a.m. at Uyilankulam checkpoint located on the border of SLA and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled areas in Mannar district when he was transporting coffin for the funeral of his father Mr.Madutheen Thaveathu (David), 57, who died Tuesday in his home village Iranaimathanagar in Mulankavil. He was taken into custody by the army for allegedly possessing a T-56 live bullet, security sources said.
He was later handed over to the Uyilankulam Police for further interrogation. Mr. Thavithu came to government controlled area through Uyilankulam army checkpoint to buy the needed coffin Wednesday morning around 8 p.m., sources said.
Uyilankulam Police later in the afternoon handed the suspect to the Mannar Police. The suspect is now in the custody of the Mannar Police, sources said.
The funeral of late Mr. Madutheen is scheduled to be held on Wednesday evening, sources said.
Iranaithivu-Pooneryn and Mulankavil villages are located in LTTE controlled territory in the Kilinochchi district.
Uyilankulam army checkpoint is the gateway to the LTTE held area from the army controlled area in Mannar district.