76 Vanni civilians taken to SLA Thellippazhai Rehabilitation Centre
[TamilNet, Monday, 04 May 2009, 06:10 GMT]
Seventy-six Vanni civilians held in Sri Lanka Army (SLA) detention centres in Jaffna peninsula have been forcibly taken by SLA to Thellippazhai SLA Rehabilitation centre, according to complaints made by the persons’ relatives in the detention centres to NGOs in Jaffna. Meanwhile, Jaffna Government Agent (GA), K. Ganesh, in a press notification Sunday, said that the 76 Vanni civilans have volunteered to be placed in Thellippazhai SLA Rehabilitation Centre, sources in Jaffna said.
GA’s press notification further said that relatives of the 76 persons placed in SLA Thellippazhai Rehabilitation Centre can visit them on two Sundays in a month.
NGO sources in Jaffna pointed out that the relatives of the 76 persons, being inmates in the SLA detention centres are denied permission to leave their centres.
The Sunday press notification may have been issued after the top SLA officials meeting held at Palaali military head office, sources in Jaffna said.
Meanwhile, 2 relatives of the Vanni civilians held in the SLA detention centres in Jaffna peninsula will be allowed to visit the detainees 2 times a week, according to Defence Minstry instruction, the press notification said.
The visiting relatives will not be allowed to take cooked meals, hand phones or cameras, it further informed.
According to the statistics released by the GA there are 11,079 persons of 3,825 families held in the following 12 SLA detention centres in Jaffna peninsula.
1. Krunakar – 72 persons of 30 familes.
2. Koappaay – 453 persons of 200 families.
3. Mirusuvil – 1773 of 580 families.
4. Kodikaamam GTMS – 1004 persons of 306 families.
5. Kaithadi Children’s Home – 214 persons of 76 families.
6. JU Kaithadi hostel – 1101 persons of 420 families.
7. Kaithadi PDB ‘A’ – 715 persons of 247 families.
8. Kaithadi PDB ‘B’ – 626 persons of 213 families.
9. Chaavakachcheari HC – 1270 persons of 431 families.
10. Chaavakachcheari GC - 1395 persons of 460 families.
11. Kodikaamam TMV – 1176 of 389 families.
12. Nelliyadi MMV – 1250 persons of 473 families.
Ministry of education has released funds to establish temporary schools for the children in the SLA detention centres in Mirusuvil and Kaithadi where they will attend schools from 11 May, GA’s press notification said.
A section of the detainees in Chaavakachcheari Hindu and Ladies’ College, Kodikaamam Thirunaavukkarasu MV and Nelliyadi MMV are to be shifted to temporary sheds from 15 May.
Only 22 Vanni civilians over 60 years and 23 invalids held in Jaffna detention centres have been allowed to leave in the past 4 months of detention, according to the press notification.
The press notification further said that nine NGOs in Jaffna peninsula have been given Defence Ministry permission to visit the SLA detention centres in Jaffna peninsula from Sunday.
CARE, HUDEC, MSS, WUSE, ZOA, WORLD VISION, FORUD, and DRC CHIRISTIAN AID are the nine NGOs given permission.
Meanwhile, NGO sources in Jaffna said that Jaffna secretariat depends almost entirely on the assistance given by the NGOs to look after the detained Vanni Civilians.