Puththa'lam HR activist body exhumed in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Friday, 29 July 2011, 10:40 GMT]
The body of a human rights activist Pattani Razik, 55, who was reported disappeared 18 months ago was exhumed from a half built private house in Kaavathumunai in the presence of Vaazhaich-cheanai Magistrate Thursday. At that time of disappearance Razik was the Director of the Puththalam Social Trust Fund. Razik, head of the Community Trust Fund (CTF), a Sri Lankan NGO based in the town of Puththa'lam disappeared since February 11, 2010, while travelling to Polonnaruwa from Puththa'lam.

The exhumation took place on a lead given by one of the two suspects arrested in Puththa'lam and Kaavathumunai in connection with the disappearance.

The body of the HR activist was wrapped in a sheet and dumped five feet deep in a half built house.

The body was immediately dispatched to the Government Analyst in Colombo for DNA test on the direction of Magistrate Mr.A.M.M.Riyal. The Magistrate put off the inquest and postmortem examination for August 2.

The family members and friends of the HR activist were present at the site when his body was exhumed.

Several HR organizations had organized several demonstrations and protests in Puththa'lam over his disappearance demanding that he should be released immediately by the abductors.


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