18 Tamils detained by Thirukkoayil police
[TamilNet, Friday, 12 December 2008, 06:52 GMT]
Special Task Force (STF) commandos arrested Thursday eighteen Tamils including two women in a cordon and search conducted in the Tamil area in Thirukkoayil police division in Ampaa’rai district. All arrestees are being detained in Thirukkoayil police station, according to complaints made by their relatives to Ampaa’rai district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian K. Pathmanathan.
STF commandos meticulously searched all the houses in the area and inspected the National Identity Cards (NIC) of all persons during the search that began Thursday early morning.
STF and the police are jointly engaged in continuous cordon and searches in Ampaa’rai and Batticaloa districts in the past few days and the normal life of people is greatly affected as they live in fear and anxiety, residents in the districts said.