1500 Tamils arrested in Colombo

[TamilNet, Sunday, 22 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
More than 1500 Tamils were arrested in Colombo during a simultaneous cordon and search operation by the Sri Lankan army and Police which was launched last night.

Hundreds of Tamils in Kotahena, the foreshore and Bambalapitiya were rounded up and hauled off to local Police stations.

A journalist and the photographer of the Tamil daily Thinakkural were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were covering last night's mass arrests.

Very few were released until this evening said Police sources in Colombo.

Hundreds of grief stricken parents, relatives and friends of the detained people thronged Police stations in Colombo today. Few were permitted to see the persons in custody.

 

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