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SL State sustains genocidal grip on Eezham Tamils citing ‘LTTE affiliation’

[TamilNet, Thursday, 09 July 2015, 21:43 GMT]
The Sinhala police system of occupying Colombo has once again demonstrated that it could subject any Eezham Tamil civilian to detention under ‘terrorism’ charges under the notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the Emergency Regulations. The latest case is a Tamil civilian from A'laveddi in Jaffna who lived for some time at Mallaavi in Vanni after the mass exodus of Eezham Tamils from Jaffna peninsula in 1995. Anyone having a family member or close relative with LTTE connection in the past is a potential threat in the eyes of the Sri Lankan military and police. The ‘LTTE affiliation’ has become a ‘valid military objective’, which is necessary to pursue the genocidal project.

The majority of Eezham Tamils have such LTTE connection in their families or among their close relatives as more than 40,000 LTTE members had laid down their lives in the 30-year-long freedom struggle for an independent Tamil Eelam. Further, the Sri Lankan military categorised more than 12,000 as LTTE members in captivity after the end of the genocidal onslaught on Vanni in May 2009.

The ‘LTTE affiliation’ in family or among their close relatives, has also been used to interdict at least 18 Village (GS) Officers from their jobs in the Northern province in recent days. The interdicted GS officers were instructed to undergo the so-called military rehabilitation.

The sudden increase of Colombo's ministries, SL military and police citing ‘LTTE affiliation’ as a reason in subjecting Eezham Tamils to their oppressive measures, comes after 25 June 2015, when Colombo High Court enacted a farcical show in Mirusuvil massacre case, in which a Sinhala solider was sentenced with capital punishment. The move was intended to showcase that Colombo was ‘capable’ of conducting its own ‘domestic investigations. In fact, Mirusuvil massacre was a collective crime, which was carried out by at least a group of six soldiers, who belonged to an elite squad.

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On 06 July, Sinhala policemen of occupying Colombo arrested a Tamil civilian, 41-year-old Saktivel Rajakumaran, at A'laveddi South in Jaffna district.

Immediately after the arrest, the SL policemen attached to Thellppazhai police station claimed that the arrest was carried out based on the information supplied by an anonymous caller to the local emergency phone number of the SL police.

The SL police went on further claiming that the arrested person was a ‘terrorist’ suspect, who was attempting to revive the LTTE. The argument was ‘substantiated’ with the information that he was in possession of survey maps, two identity cards and a bankbook.

But, on Wednesday, the Officer in-Charge of Thellippazhai Police Station changed the version stating that the arrest was carried out following an instruction obtained from the SL Police Headquarters and that the arrested person was not a former LTTE member as the SL police had ‘believed’.

Earlier on the same day, when the SL Police produced the detained victim at the SL court in Mallakaam,

S. Satheeswaran, the judge who was investigation the case, instructed the SL police to submit a report clarifying whether the detained individual was a former LTTE member, and if so, whether he had undergone the SL ‘military rehabilitation’.

The SL police changed its version after it was forced to produce a report on Mr Rajakumaran's alleged LTTE connection. The SL police now said the detained person was not an ex-LTTE member.

Following the new explanation, the judge has allowed him to be released on bail.

Rajakumaran was in possession of two identity cards because he had obtained one when he was residing in Vanni at Mallaavi as he had left behind the other identity card in Jaffna, legal sources in Mallaakam told TamilNet adding that his brother was already undergoing ‘military rehabilitation’.

Legal activists in Jaffna said several people with Vanni or diaspora connections have been experiencing similar harassment at the hands of the occupying military and the police.



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