Colombo suspends releasing Trinco internees from Menik farm
[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 August 2009, 15:53 GMT]
Sri Lanka authorities, without prior notice and without citing any reason, have suspended Saturday, a planned release of a group of 600 persons out of about 3,000 internally displaced persons who are residents of Trincomalee district and fled from Vanni and currently being interned in military supervised Menik Farm in Vavuniyaa to their own villages, civil sources in Vavuniyaa told media. More than 300,000 Tamil civilians are currently being held in the internment camps in Vavuniyaa.
The internees were brought from Menik Farm on Friday and were sheltered in Vavuniyaa Saivapragasa Girls Maha Vidiyayam to be sent to their villages in Trincomalee district Saturday.
But on a sudden decision taken by the civil authority on the orders of higher officials, the internees were sent back to Menik Farm internment camps.
About four hundred IDPs were sent back on Friday night. The rest IDPs were sent Saturday, sources said.
Menik farm camps (Photo: AP)