Police arrest ten Point Pedro fishermen
[TamilNet, Friday, 20 September 2002, 15:40 GMT]
The Point Pedro Police in Jaffna district took ten Tamil fishermen for
questioning Thursday in connection with the loss of a T-56 rifle belonged
to a police constable.
The constable had reported to his superiors that his weapon had been
missing since Sunday night from his sentry point in the Sakkottai beach
area. The Vadamarachchi Fisheries Co-operative Federation has brought the
arrest of the fishermen to the notice of the Sri Lanka Monitoring
Mission in Jaffna and other humanitarian agencies in the peninsula.
Vadamarachchi Fisheries Co-operative Federation officials said that the
arrest of fishermen is another form of harassment following the
incidents that had taken place on September 2 during students' agitation.
The Ten fishermen were taken in for questioning Thursday morning when they
were preparing to go to sea for fishing, sources said.
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Army conducted a search in the area close to
Sakkottai under the supervision of senior officials on the presumption that
the missing weapon could be buried there, sources said.
13.09.02 SLA arrests another Pt. Pedro fisherman
12.09.02 Fishermen complain army harassment
10.09.02 SLA arrests two civilians in Point Pedro