25 Tamil civilians arrested in Puththa'lam, Badulla
[TamilNet, Thursday, 21 August 2008, 16:22 GMT]
35 people including 25 Tamil civilians were taken into custody in two separate cordon and search operations conducted by the police with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Army and civil volunteer groups in Badulla and Puththa'lam on Tuesday and Wednesday. Five Tamil youths were arrested in Badulla police division on Tuesday evening and 30 persons including 20 Tamils were arrested in Puththalam police division. The search operation conducted in Puththa'lam commenced on Tuesday night and concluded on Wednesday, civil sources said.
Arrested Tamil civilians now detained in the Puththa'lam police station.
The rest of them arrested in Puththa'lam had been from the majority community and had committed criminal offences in the area and evading arrest.