Youth seeks safety at Jaffna Police station
[TamilNet, Monday, 29 January 2007, 16:47 GMT]
A youth from Kokuvil west in Jaffna surrendered
at the Jaffna police station Monday
fearing danger to his life by unknown armed men. The
police produced the youth Monday before Jaffna
district magistrate Mr. R. T. Wicknarajah who
ordered the youth to be placed in Jaffna prison
under the protective custody of the courts until February 9,
legal sources in Jaffna said.
Tharmalingam Ramesh Babu, 22, complained that he has been receiving constant threats to his life from unknown men and said he feared he will be killed if he stayed at home.
Already 42 persons are placed in the protective
custody in Jaffna prison under the order of
Jaffna Court. Besides a woman and a 15 year old
girl, the rest of the 42 are all youths.
Meanwhile, efforts are being made to reopen the
rehabilitation centre at Tellipalai to function
as a special detention camp for the civilians who
had surrendered at the Jaffna office of the Human
Rights Commission (HRC) and police complaining of
serious threats to life and intimidation by Sri
Lanka Army (SLA) troopers and the paramilitary members operating with them.
Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva directed the
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice
and the Commissioner of Protection Centre
Suhada K. Gamalath to establish a Rehabilitation
Centre headed by a just civil servant without the
intervention of the Sri Lanka Forces.
Accordingly, a Rehabilitation Centre is to be
re-established in the SLA High Security Zone
(HSZ) in Tellipalai under a retired government official.