12 Tamils detained, search operation in North Central Province
[TamilNet, Monday, 11 June 2007, 18:24 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Police launched a search operation in Mannampittiya in North Central Province at 4:00 a.m. Monday. 122 Tamils were taken in trucks to Polonnaruwa Police. 12 persons were detained for further interrogations and the others were released around 6:00 p.m., Police sources said.
122 Tamils taken for interrogation in the cordon and search operation that lasted from 4:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., were workers from Valaichcheanai, Mu'rakkodaancheanai, Kiran, Santhive'li, Vanthaar'umoolai, Siththa'ndi, Ka'lvanchchikkudi, Araiyampathi and Earaavoor.
Meanwhile, Police sources in Batticaloa said that three Tamil youths, identified as M. Santhan from Karaveddi near Aayiththiyamalai, Nivarajah from Siththaa'ndi and S. Nirmalathas from Kaththaankudi Police area had surrendered at Polvaththai SLA camp in Vaazhaichcheanai. The youths were in posession of an automatic rifle, the SLA has claimed according to the Police. The youths were yet to be handed over to the Police.