3 High School students abducted in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 May 2007, 15:28 GMT]
Three students studying advanced level in two prominent high schools in Jaffna were forcibly abducted Friday night from their homes by armed men arriving in white vans, according to complaints filed by the parents of the students with the Jaffna Human Rights Commission offices. Two are students at Jaffna Hindu College and the third student attends St.John's College.

Suntharalingam Yasotharan, 17, from Kokuvil East, and Nagarajah Venukanthan, 18, from Brown Road Jaffna were identified as the students attending Jaffna Hindu College.

Kugarajan Kannan, 17, was identified as the abducted student attending St. John's College.

Yasotharan's father is a principal at the American Mission College in Thammatti in the islets of Jaffna, and Venukanthan's father is a high level official at the Jaffna branch of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

The abductors forcibly entered the students' houses by breaking open the entry doors, parents said in their complaints.

Jaffna students, school officials and parents are shocked at these latest abductions.

Paramananthan, a student at Hartley College, Point Pedro disappeared on 17 January, and Thananjayan, a student at Velayutham Boys’ School in Point Pedro had gone missing from 12 January. Parents of Paramananthan and students at Velayutham High School said they suspect the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to be behind the disappearance of the two students.


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