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Two more white van abductions

Another two Tamils in the North-East were abducted in a white van on Tuesday.

George Rajanayakam, 42, and V Michael, 45 were taken near Kattaikadu, Mulliyan, as they were about to go out to sea to fish, when the men came in a "Dolphin" van.

"Both of them are family man, and we are not aware of the reasons behind their abduction. They never had any connections with the LTTE" relatives of the men said.

Tensions in the Vadamaradchi area remained high on Wednesday according to local residents due to the spate of abductions and arrests by the TID. Former LTTE cadres are reported to be moving away from their homes. Sri Lanka's ministry for rehabilitation has further summoned former members of the LTTE to Colombo on April 30th, without giving them a precise location.

Several arrests and abductions have occurred over recent weeks. The leader of ITAK's youth wing, S Sivakaran was arrested by the TID on Wednesday.

The former head of the LTTE's Trincomalee intelligence wing Thalaiarasan was taken into custody in relation to the alleged find of a suicide vest in Chavakachcheri in March.

The Island said that 11 Tamils with previous connections to the LTTE had so far been arrested due to the discovery of the vest.

Former LTTE commander, Kanathippillai Sivamoorthy, known as Nagulan, was abducted in Jaffna on Tuesday and was found later in custody. His detention came shortly after the arrest of the LTTE cadre Damotharan Jayakanth by Sri Lanka’s Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) as well as the former LTTE commander, Ram, who was earlier reported as abducted in the Eastern province but found to have been detained by Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division (TID).

Sri Lanka must immediately release Sivakaran and other Tamils held under the PTA - PEARL (27 April 2016 )

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