Fifteen arrested at temple

[TamilNet, Friday, 15 September 2000, 13:37 GMT]
Fifteen people who were working at an 'Amman' Temple at Naasivanthivu, 34 km. north of Batticaloa, were arrested by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers during a search operation Thursday evening said sources.

Several people were clearing the temple premises, preparing for a religious festival on Friday, when soldiers from nearby Kalkudah camp arrived in small boats around 6 p.m. and searched the area. Those arrested were taken away in an army vehicle to an undisclosed camp, the sources said.

SLA authorities at Valaichenai camp have informed relatives of the detainees that they had not arrested anyone Thursday evening.

Naasivanthivu is a hamlet north of Valaichenai.

 

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