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Former LTTE cadre abducted at gunpoint in Trincomalee

A former LTTE cadre was abducted at gunpoint from his home in Trincomalee this morning.

Family members of 39-year-old Manoharadas Subas said unknown persons arrived at the home in Varodayanagar and forced him into a vehicle, stating that he was being taken to the Uppuveli police station.

The family went directly to the Uppuveli police station but were told that no police officers there had any involvement in the incident.

Subas’s wife and mother have appealed to the Human Rights Commission (HRCSL) Trincomalee office and to the press to find out his whereabouts.

The family said that Subas had been released from the Sri Lankan government’s notorious ‘rehabilitation’ programme for former LTTE members several years ago, and had been running a small business.

In a report earlier this month, the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) highlighted cases of abduction, torture and rape of Tamils in the North-East for participating in commemorative events, protests or for receiving funds from abroad, over the last year. "The victims being detained now are generally young and of little intelligence value to the security forces, who appear to be mounting a campaign of repression against legitimate Tamil expression of fundamental rights including protests or calls for accountability,"  the report stated.

Read more: New ITJP report documents ongoing abduction, torture and rape of Tamils in the North-East


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