Abductions have blessings of Colombo- Ganeson

[TamilNet, Sunday, 15 June 2008, 00:01 GMT]
Responding to the recent press communiqué released by the Presidential secretariat, Mano Ganeshan MP, the leader of Western Province People Front (WPPF) and Convenor of Civil Monitoring Commission on Extra judicial killings and Disappearances state, in a press release issued Friday said: "It is good to note that the President is concerned of this situation but we did not create this situation. In fact this was created due the abductions created with the blessings of this Government."

"If the press communiqué released by Presidential Secretariat in response to my recent statements advising Tamils from North and East not to visit Colombo can put an end to the white van abductions, I will welcome this report," Mr.Ganeshan said.

Excerpts from statement released on behalf of Mano Ganeshan follow:

Mano Ganeson
Mano Ganeson
“It is my intention that the innocent Tamils coming to Colombo from North and East must not face dangerous situations such as abductions and disappearances. The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL ) and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eellam (LTTE ) have taken their war to the people in Colombo and Wanni. The killings and abductions taking place in Colombo are manifestations of this conflict.

“As a parliamentarian and a human rights activist I have greater rights and responsibility for me to provide instructions for our people than the armed forces in the country. If the press communiqué released by Presidential Secretariat in response to my recent statements advising Tamils from North and East not to visit Colombo can put an end to the white van abductions, I will welcome this report."

Our people are disappearing unnecessarily. Parents losing their children and, wives losing their husbands are wailing and only we understand their tears. Their desperation pains our hearts and it is my responsibility to the come aid of these abandoned people. I don’t need any one’s permission or approval to execute this responsibility.

Since January 2006 a large number of Tamils and a smaller number of Muslims in Colombo district were made to disappear and ransom extorted from them .Was the President unaware of this pathetic situation until I advised the Tamils from North and East not to visit Colombo? Are these people not aware of the fact that our brothers arriving from North and East are abducted from Fort Railway station and Pettah bus terminal?

Hundreds of Tamils are being abducted in Colombo and suburbs by armed groups operating from white vans. The list of those abducted is available with the People’s Monitoring committee and I have personally handed over a copy of the list to Prime Minister Wickremanayake in the parliament. If a copy of the list is required for Presidential Secretariat, I am prepared to send one and I would like to request them to inform us the fate of the people in this list.

It is this Government that forcibly put the Tamils from North and East in buses and sent them back to North and East. It also imposed severe restrictions on Tamils from East wishing to visit Colombo. However these have now been stopped due to the intervention of the supreme courts. The immature and illegal activities of GOSL and LTTE are beyond our control but when the innocent Tamil civilians are affected by such acts it becomes our responsibility to assist them.

Therefore, I have complete rights and responsibility to comment about this. It is not my problem that the complaints made by our people to the Monitoring Committee do not reach the investigation division of the Ministry of Human Rights. It only indicates the extent to which the people have faith in the Ministry of Human Rights of this government

On the other hand this shows that our people have faith in the Monitoring Committee. To be dressed in civil and take away Tamils in white vans are acts of forcible abduction. This is happening in Colombo right now. After we exposed this information some Tamil cabinet ministers of this government have publicly accepted the involvement of police. Is the Presidential secretariat unaware of this? We call upon this government to arrest the suspects through the proper channels.

After the Presidential secretariat forwarded its response to me and released it to the media two Tamils were abducted in white van- one along Wattala Balagalla street Monday night and another Tuesday morning St.Johns Road , Mattakuliya .

It is good to note that the President is concerned of this situation but we did not create this situation. In fact this was created due the abductions created with the blessings of this Government.

The vast majority of Tamils in Colombo have nothing to do with the bomb blasts occurring in Colombo as well in the North and East. Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, a supporter of this government has publicly stated that if bomb blasts continue in Colombo, Sinhalese will lose patience. This is a plan to incite the public and such statements are dangerous. He continues to make similar statements against Tamils and India.

We have a history of such type of statements being used in the past to direct attacks against Tamils, especially those of Indian origin. We can never permit history repeating itself. Therefore the Presidential secretariat that criticizes me must first ban such statements.


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