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Sri Lankan army officer arrested over abduction of Tamil youth

A Sri Lankan army officer has been arrested by the police over the abduction of a Tamil youth in Kilinochchi last week. 

The family of the youth said he was abducted from his home in Ponnagar, Kilinochchi by unknown people on the day of Deepavali and taken to Polonnaruwa where his captors demanded Rs 5 lakhs in ransom for his release. 

The officer, who has not been named, is understood to have been station at the Thirumurikandi army camp.

His arrest follows the previous arrest of two men from Polonnaruwa over their involvement in the abduction. A vehicle has also been confiscated. 

The two men from Polonnaruwa were produced before Kilinochchi magistrates court today, where the judge remanded them in custody until November 19.