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Doctor arrested by SL military

A Tamil doctor has been arrested by the Sri Lankan military and detained at the military base in Kokkaavil, reports Uthayan.

The doctor, Dr. E. Sivasankar, was detained after visiting the Kokkaavil military base to secure the release of a Tamil women who had been recently enlisted into the Sri Lankan military but wished to leave. 

According to Uthayan, the woman, believed to be from Kilinochchi originally was on her way home to sit an exam, when she was instructed by the military to report to the Kokkaavil military base. On learning that the woman wanted to leave the army, her parents asked Dr Sivasankar to accompany them to the military base and help release their daughter.

Dr Sivasankar visited the Kokkaavil military base with the woman's parents on Saturday, where they were told that legally a one month notice period is needed before leaving the army.

Following heated discussions, the parents and the woman were allowed to go home, however according to the family, Dr Sivakankar was detained by the military.

Reports suggest he has been handed over to Mankulam police station.

Dr Sivasankar, originally from Jaffna, is currently working in Anuradhapura.

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