SL ‘TID’ operatives threaten Tamil family in Mannaar at gunpoint

[TamilNet, Monday, 07 March 2016, 23:10 GMT]
Five Sinhala-speaking operatives of the notorious ‘Terrorist Investigation Division’ who entered the house of 66-year-old Manikam Ilaiyathamby, situated near Mannaar Hospital Road Junction, have threatened his family on 26 February 2016 around 10:30 p.m. demanding the family to hand over their 36-year-old son who is residing in UK. The SL military intelligence and the TID division operatives have been harassing the family since the breakdown of the Norway-brokered Ceasefire Agreement between the Sinhala State and the Tamil Tigers. The Sinhala operatives under the direct command of the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry in Colombo have been harassing the family for some time stating that they were having photos of Ilaiyathamby Kalaivanar, the son of Mr Ialaiyathamby garlanding LTTE Political Division members who arrived at Mannaar following the CFA.

Hundreds of people gave a grand welcome to six LTTE political division members on 02 April 2002 garlanding them and taking them in a procession to the city of Mannaar from Uyilangku'lam entry point after a heated altercation with the SL military over the delay in letting the Tiger officials to enter SL military controlled Mannaar.

There were hundreds of people, including community leaders, traders, civil society activists among those who garlanded the six Tigers who entered Mannaar islet for political work.

However, the SL military has been particularly targeting Kalaivanar Ilaiyathamby, the only son of Mr Manikam Ilaiyathamby and Mrs Sunthary Ilaiyathamby.

Kalaivanar went abroad after the TID operatives started to search him. He is now living in UK according to his mother Sunthary. All his four siblings are women. One of them is also outside the island. Two of them live with their mother and father looking after them.

The family has been receiving threatening phone calls for some time now.

One of the Sinhala-speaking operatives was openly carrying a handgun. The others were also in possession of handguns, the family believes. The operatives went photographing all the corners of their house, including the photos hanging on the wall. They went to the backyard. All of them were in shorts and seem to have come from Colombo or Anuradhapura.

Despite the family telling them that their son was in UK, the SL operatives were demanding the family to hand him over to them.

While the SL Government is engaged in a propaganda that the operations of TID have been wound up, the latest incident is an open indication of the opposite, the rights activists in Mannaar told TamilNet.

The aged couple have not been able to take care of their businesses as the son was forced to flee the island.

Sunthary Ialaiyathamby, a native of Mannaar, has complained to Mannaar Citizens' Committee about the incident.

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