"White van" squad abducts two Tamil youths in Puttalam

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 January 2007, 01:14 GMT]
Six unidentified armed men in a white van abducted two Tamil youths Tuesday around 8:45 p.m from the house their house at Kampawathe area in Puthalam, according to a complaint made with the Puthalam police.

Abducted youths were identified as Murugaiah Surenthiran, 24, and Sivasubramaniam Sritharan, 24, both natives of Kilinochchi. The youths have been residing in Puttalam for the last ten years, Puttalam police said.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the police cordoned off and searched Udapu area in Puthalam Wednesday arresting 45 civilians, sources in Puttalam said.

40 of the arrested were released after interrogation while five have been detained by the police.

The search operation, beginning at 4:00 a.m and lasting until 10:00 a.m Wednesday, covered Udapu Andimunai, Poonaipitty and Selvapuram villages in Puttalam district.

More than 500 SLA and police personnel participated in the search operation.


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