160 Tamils arrested in Ampaa’rai
[TamilNet, Monday, 04 May 2009, 18:08 GMT]
Special Task Force (STF) commandos and police took into custody Monday 160 Tamils in Chammaanththu’rai in Ampaa’rai district in a large scale joint cordon and search operation, sources in Ampaa’rai said. Though Sinhalese and Muslim civilians were subjected to interrogation during the search only Tamils have been arrested and detained in the police stations in Ampaa’rai district, the sources added.
Most of the arrested Tamils are persons employed in business establishments or engaged in self-employment, residents of the area said.
Hundreds of persons in Chammaanththu’rai, in their houses and on the streets, were interrogated while vehicles too were stopped and checked during the search.