News in Brief

[TamilNet, Thursday, 05 November 1998, 10:54 GMT]
An EPDP cadre escapes from the group's custody; several arrests conducted in Jaffna as the poster campaign continues; police arrests a friend of alleged LTTE member in Colombo and police station destroyed by electrical fault.

EPDP cadre surrenders to HRC

A member of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) who had been detained by the organisation surrendered yesterday to the Human Rights Commission in Jaffna.

Mahathevan Rajenthiram alias Srinath, 24, told the Human Rights Commission that he had been detained and tortured by the EPDP members at the group's camp at Srithar Theater.

Mahathevan Rajenthiram is from Uvarmalai in Trincomalee and a father of 4 children.


Several arrests in Jaffna

Ten people are reported to have been arrested by Sri Lankan Army (SLA) troops in Jaffna during a period of 12 hours ending at 10.00 a.m. yesterday, November 4, said human rights sources.

Five of those arrested are:

Shanmukam Sachchithanantham, 23, from Kalviyankaadu
Kanthasamy Yoganathan, 22, from Urumparai
Kanapathippillai Shamukanatha, 24, from Valvetithurai
Ponnapmpalam Sivakumar, 28, from Valvetithurai
Aarumukam Anpaananthan, 20, from Valvetithurai



Posters appear again

Several posters appeared again yesterday in Uduvil and Manipay areas in the Valikamam division of the Jaffna peninsula said sources there.

The posters urged the public, among other things, to avoid travelling in Sri Lankan government buses and planes, and to avoid purchasing merhcandise other than relief from the co-operative stores.

Large number of similar posters have been distributed in the Jaffna peninsula, allegedly by the Liberation Tigers. There is some doubt whether the latest set of posters were put up by the Tigers, say sources.


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