Security forces swoop on Wellawatte

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 January 2000, 18:07 GMT]
Thirty young men and women were arrested in Wellawatte, a large Tamil suburb of Colombo during a combined search operation by Special Task Force and CID personnel this morning, sources said.

A house-to-house search operation was conducted on the coastal side of Wellawatte, the sources said.

The detainees are being held at the Wellawatte police station.

Meanwhile, more than 2,000 people were arrested in a cordon and search operation in the Colombo suburb of Kolonnawa and the adjoining district of Gampaha today.

Two weeks ago, about 3,000 people were arrested in a similar operation in Colombo. Police said many have been released after being screened at police stations.

 

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