Abductees released, bus strike called off in Batticaloa
[TamilNet, Monday, 14 January 2008, 10:35 GMT]
Paramilitary Pillayan Group that abducted a driver and two conductors, allegedly for criticizing the the group's activities in a private conversation at their working place, released the abductees Sunday evening after issuing stern warning against them, informed ex-militant sources in Batticaloa said. Employees at Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) depot in Batticaloa, called off the strike which was in force from early morning on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Police identified the victims who were abducted as A.S. Theivendran, 40, father of two, A. Dhayalan, in early thirties, father of two, and K. Gnanachelvam, 40, father of four. They were abducted from their houses in Iruthayapuram, 3 km north of Batticaloa city Saturday around 11:00 p.m. by five unidentified gunmen.
A bus strike was launched by the employees at the Batticaloa bus depot. SLTB employees from other depots in the district also joined the strike Sunday noon.