Armed men abduct 19 youths in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 21 December 2006, 09:07 GMT]
Armed men clad in military fatigues abducted 19 youths, 16 boys and 3 girls, from a private bus en route to Colombo from Kattankudy at Korakallimadu in Kiran, in Batticaloa district around 9:00 p.m., Wednesday. The abductions have taken place on Katankudy - Polonnaruwa route, heavily guarded by Sri Lanka Army soldiers. Parents of six children have lodged complaints with the Police.

Parents who opposed the abductions were beaten by the kidnappers, alleged to be paramilitary cadres of Karuna Group.

At least five private buses shuttle between Kattankudy and Colombo daily.


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