Villagers flee as SLA erects camp in Sirukandal, Mannar

[TamilNet, Monday, 12 June 2006, 16:06 GMT]
More than one hundred Tamil families fled from the village of Pariharakandal when more than five hundred soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) entered the village of Sirukandal, located a mile away from Pariharakandal, Monday morning and established a camp inside an area used as cemetery, civil society sources in Mannar said. By noon the entire village of Sirukandal was deserted and all small shops in the village closed, sources said.

Sirukandal village is located along Murunkan-Arippu road, about 3 km from Mannar town, sources said.

Meanwhile, another group of SLA soldiers entered Arippu village through Nanattan-Achchankulam road along the banks of Aruvi Aru Monday morning. About two hundred families in the village fled and sought refuge in the St.Mary's Church in the area. Later around 11 a.m. the villagers returned to their houses. However heads of the fisher families stayed behind without going out to sea being afraid to leave their families alone, sources said.

Mr.Iruthayarajah alias Kannan, 34, and father of one child is reported missing since June 7 after he left his village Pallimunai to Mannar town to buy his provision, according to a complaint lodged with the Mannar regional Office of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka by his relatives on Monday morning, sources said.

 

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