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Sri Lankan police claim to uncover ammunition in Chemmani

Sri Lanka Special Task Force (STF) has searched a Hindu cemetery in Chemmani, to allegedly uncover  5 kg of ammunition following a Jaffna Magistrate court order.

According to police records, 3 kg 750 mg C4 and rennet ammunition detonators and wires were found within the bag. 

Last month, 15 people, including former LTTE cadre, were arrested for allegedly transporting and selling weapons to 'underworld gangs' in Colombo.

Sri Lankan state forces have attempted to link the LTTE or former LTTE cadres to several criminal investigations in the post-war period. In 2018, a former fighter was arrested and detained for several months over the murder of two Sri Lankan police officers in Batticaloa, only to be released and acquitted of all charges after investigations into the Easter Sunday bombings established a clear link between the murders and the Islamist groups who carried out the bombings.

Civil society groups have highlighted that former LTTE fighters continue to be victimised and harassed by Sri Lankan security and intelligence forces. According to a report by the Oakland Institute, Sri Lanka's military occupation of the North-East has expanded to such an extent that there is one soldier for every six civilians across the North-East.

The STF, which has been implicated in numerous human rights violations, is conducting further investigations into the finding.

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