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Kilinochchi Disappearances Activist And 13 Year Old Daughter Arrested After Hours Of Interrogation

Activist groups are now confirming that a Tamil woman from Kilinochchi and her 13 year old daughter have been arrested by police investigators following a five hour raid on their home at Dharmapuram last evening.

Both of them are reportedly being held in Vavuniya.

DBKReports that Balendran Jeyakumari a prominent campaigner for families of the disappeared in the Kilinochchi District and her daughter were being detained inside her home which is in the Indian Housing scheme broke late afternoon yesterday (13).

Media and Tamil politician Gajen Ponnambalam reported that Jayakumari’s home had been surrounded by police and armed forces personnel at about 4:30 P.M. on Thursday (13). Ponnambalam and other friends who called Jayakumari on her phone reported that the woman had first answered and that later her phone was snatched away by men claiming to be police, who said there was an investigation under way before switching off the mobile. Neighbours reported the sound of screams and crying by Vithushaini at the home. Media personnel rushing to the scene were not permitted to get close to Jayakumari’s residence, with police cordoning off the area near her home. For several hours no reports emerged about their whereabouts, although late Wednesday night, Ponnambalam said there were unconfirmed reports Jayakumari and her daughter had been arrested.

Police meanwhile, told reporters in Colombo that one policeman had been injured in an attack when a team of police personnel was attempting to arrest a suspected Ex-LTTE cadre in Kilinochchi. Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana told the BBC on Thursday that the suspect had been in a house in which there were two women who were now being investigated. More unconfirmed reports are emerging about further police casualties.

Jayakumari and her daughter Vithushaini are familiar faces in disappearances protests and were heavily photographed during the missing peoples’ protest in Jaffna when British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the area during CHOGM in November last year. Jayakumari had four children – two sons were killed in the war and a third went missing after she handed him over to the military in May 2009. Her 13 year old daughter is her last remaining child. Both Jayakumari and her daughter handed over documents of their family members last whereabouts and information to Channel 4’s Jonathan Snow who was mobbed by the demonstrators in Jaffna during Cameron’s visit. Sources said that the two women were being harassed on suspicion of having been informants for the British Broadcaster.

Video of demonstration at Nallur Kovil Jaffna prior to Cameron’s arrival in the North shows Jayakumari and her daughter are in the first row of protestors. Click here to watch the video.

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  • 8
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    Does this mother even understand that those who come now looking for human rights are the same ones who aided and armed the LTTE that resulted in she losing 3 sons to an unwanted war? I guess not.

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      `he same ones who aided and armed the LTTE that resulted in she losing 3 sons to an unwanted war?`

      Ponna Nonliberal Bullshitosis,

      Its your ill bred [Edited out] from the southern village who thought you to be a cannibal!

      Its slaves like you who first killed the natives eg west indies.

      • 10
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        This looks like a set-up to me. Who’d gain by the publicity generated by this incident just before the voting in Geneva?

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          Point Man:

          And yes, the regime is stupid enough to bite the bait. Bring back Rajiva and Dayan to replace the depleted minds. How silly of you.

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      You will twist any story that highlights the human rights violations of Tamils into an apologist stance for GOSL’s human rights violations.

      Your Sinhala government used LTTE crimes against Tamils to lobby the world to ban LTTE. But now the likes of you want to ignore GOSL’s crimes against Tamils.

      In your comment we see you trying to justify GOSL implemented disappearances and jackboot behavior by deflecting attention away from GOSL and towards the LTTE, despite the fact LTTE ended and the war has been over for almost 5 years now.

      What you call the “unwannted” war was started by Sinhala supremacy.

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        Now don’t get ahead of yourself. Her three sons died for been part of a terrorist war. Don’t blame that on others.

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          We are talking about disappearances here, so don’t change the topic to persons who are known to be dead.

          GOSL is a terrorist entity and you support them.

    • 14
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      Dont blame anyone for the creation of the LTTE. The LTTE is result of repeated harassment, criminality, looting, discrimination of innocent Tamils by a majority Sinhalese. The 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983 riots speak volumes of how ordinary Sinhalese ganged up with an equally supportive Sinhalese government where Tamil homes, businesses were looted and innocent Tamils were killed, maimed, threatened and bludgeoned. It was heroism for the Sinhalese to loot and kill Tamils where even students from leading Buddhist schools such as Ananda and Nalanda College participated in the name of patriotism. All this happened under State patronage where the police just glibly watched. Not one Sinhalese was arrested or faced criminal action by law. I use the word ordinary sinhalese because virtually all who were involved in this butchery were ordinary Sinhalese neighbors and friends showing their barbarity towards an innocent minority population. Today the Tamils living abroad and known as the diaspora creating havoc on this nation are all Tamils who escaped this mayhem, thus the making of the diaspora is also due to the barbarity of the Sinhalese.
      The loss of three sons of this Tamil mother clearly shows that they were not LTTE (similar to the 5 innocent Tamil students killed in Trinco) but then the Sinhalese formula for their barbarity is to blame every Tamil as an LTTE. This is the best manner through which Sinhalese racism can prosper and provide them cover to indiscriminately kill Tamils in a criminally justifiable manner.
      It is true the LTTE were terrorists and they were trained in using terrorism and criminal methods to further their ideologies. Eliminating them is correct and is what any responsible government should have done, however acknowledging that the LTTE is a creation of short sited racist policies of a majority Sinhalese government. This does not mean that democratically elected governments can behave in the same manner as terrorists, killing thousands of innocent Tamils citizens after inviting and cornering them into “no fire zones” and blasting them with artillery. This is clearly genocide, because the perpetrators are Sinhalese and he dead are Tamils. It needs also to be mentioned that the Jaffna Tamils are an indigenous race of Sri Lanka with historical roots to the northern areas of this country unlike the Malays, burgers, Indian Tamils who have clear migratory roots elsewhere. Thus the Sinhalese need to respect this which they have not done and have not been educated specifically by their religious and political leaders who are equally criminal. Today the racism and criminality of the Sinhalese is a well-known fact thus bringing shame to this race internationally.
      Dont blame anyone for the creation of the LTTE. The LTTE is result of repeated harassment, criminality, looting, discrimination of innocent Tamils by a majority Sinhalese. The 1956, 1958, 1977, 1983 riots speak volumes of how ordinary Sinhalese ganged up with an equally supportive Sinhalese government where Tamil homes, businesses were looted and innocent Tamils were killed, maimed, threatened and bludgeoned. It was heroism for the Sinhalese to loot and kill Tamils where even students from leading Buddhist schools such as Ananda and Nalanda College participated in the name of patriotism. All this happened under State patronage where the police just glibly watched. Not one Sinhalese was arrested or faced criminal action by law. I use the word ordinary sinhalese because virtually all who were involved in this butchery were ordinary Sinhalese neighbors and friends showing their barbarity towards an innocent minority population. Today the Tamils living abroad and known as the diaspora creating havoc on this nation are all Tamils who escaped this mayhem, thus the making of the diaspora is also due to the barbarity of the Sinhalese.
      The loss of three sons of this Tamil mother clearly shows that they were not LTTE (similar to the 5 innocent Tamil students killed in Trinco) but then the Sinhalese formula for their barbarity is to blame every Tamil as an LTTE. This is the best manner through which Sinhalese racism can prosper and provide them cover to indiscriminately kill Tamils in a criminally justifiable manner.
      It is true the LTTE were terrorists and they were trained in using terrorism and criminal methods to further their ideologies. Eliminating them is correct and is what any responsible government should have done, however acknowledging that the LTTE is a creation of short sited racist policies of a majority Sinhalese government. This does not mean that democratically elected governments can behave in the same manner as terrorists, killing thousands of innocent Tamils citizens after inviting and cornering them into “no fire zones” and blasting them with artillery. This is clearly genocide, because the perpetrators are Sinhalese and he dead are Tamils. It needs also to be mentioned that the Jaffna Tamils are an indigenous race of Sri Lanka with historical roots to the northern areas of this country unlike the Malays, burgers, Indian Tamils who have clear migratory roots elsewhere. Thus the Sinhalese need to respect this which they have not done and have not been educated specifically by their religious and political leaders who are equally criminal. Today the racism and criminality of the Sinhalese is a well-known fact thus bringing shame to this race internationally.

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      They were not aided the LTTE but they aided to GoSL.

    • 8
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      Liberal s…t,
      Guys type You prove it again and again that future of your children and all the children live in SL will be miserable…
      What will be Sri Lanka in 10 years time or in 20 years with guys like you, so called Liberal Ones, ruling this poor land..

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      Liberal One may have to casually accept his actual name, Dumb One.

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      Liberal One:

      And the ones who have come looking for her NOW are those who made her son vanish. Not only that, they even published the photo of her son among those being rehabilitated but now he is missing. Five years on, the regime is still fiddling with their lives. As you say, having lost 3 sons earlier, wouldn’t she be desperate and concerned for the missing son whom she had surrendered to the army that “held the humanitarian charter in one hand and the gun/rifle in the other”? You see, the problem is the regime is grossly a dastardly one that quite possibly had summarily executed some of those who surrendered and now with pressure mounting against it, is trying hard to wish it away but that is not happening. Pray tell me, does it take five years to show her or the world that he is still alive?

      For a country that tarnished the good name of Buddha and has made him appear as a violent streak, nothing will ever make sense. But the problem is, as MR and his gang has initially dismissed but had eventually found out, the Tamils are not in any mood to forget and hence there will never be forgiveness either. Despite being beaten to the ground, who got the most votes during the NPC?

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      Ado Liberal h–tha, cuange your name to moda balla first. Why do you even bother to comment here ypu idiot. You might aswel go and stick your head back [Edited out]

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        Maveeran

        “Why do you even bother to comment here ypu idiot.”

        For the same reason as you do.

  • 22
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    – two sons were killed in the war and a third went missing after she handed him over to the military in May 2009.

    O my God! What fate this poor mother must be enduring to suffer this endless misery. Now this. Even the heavens don’t seem to be helping her.

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      Hell is waiting for all Rajapakshe to be occupied soon.

      If supporters failed to raise a big big voice against the arrest of those journalists, they would not have set them free. So, now all should go on protest asking Jayakumari and her daughter´s release.

      These days, all these are sharply forcused by IC.

      This time, there will be no escape Rajaapskse murderers to bury the issue.

      UN resolution is against Rajapaskeh not against SRILANKENS.
      Be Gadaphi, Sadam or anyone who commited murder with NO RESPECT should be punished to the very same manner, as had been the case for Sadam.
      We are born buddhists, but against any kind of Rajapakshe brutalities that see no end…

  • 15
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    NOBODY LET ALONE THE UN BELIEVES THE LIES CONCOCTED BY THE UPFA GOVT, POLICE AND ARMY. THEY HAVE JOINED TOGETHER EVEN IN THE PAST TO LIE ABOUT THE SHOOTINGS AT CHILAW, KATUNAYAKE, GAMPAHA (RATHUPASWELA), ATTACK ON THE SUNDAY LEADER JOURNALIST AT COL-5, ETC, ETC. NO ASSURANCE GIVEN BY THE PRESENT GOVT TO CARRY ON AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED WAR CRIMES WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE UN AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOR IT WILL BE A SHAM.
    NO COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE GOVT OR THE ARMED FORCES IS EVER PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION ALTHOUGH THE UPFA GOVT SAYS THEY ARE ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE TO CARRY OUT WORK FOR THE PEOPLE.
    WITH ALL THE VIDEO EVIDENCE AVAILABLE ON ATTACKS ON RELIGIOUS MINORITIES OUR PRESIDENT DENIES THIS TO THE WORLD.

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    “WITH ALL THE VIDEO EVIDENCE AVAILABLE ON ATTACKS ON RELIGIOUS MINORITIES OUR PRESIDENT DENIES THIS TO THE WORLD. “

    Patta Pal Boru. Continuous denial turns the truth into an untruth. Who says we are against minorities? Patta pal. This question was first asked of Sarath Gonseka. Now, we need to ask it of MaraPakse.

  • 9
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    Where are all the Sinhala Chauvinist apologists who lie by claiming Tamils are doing fine in the North and East and the government is not treating them badly.

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      What mistreatment did she get exactly? Now the police can’t arrest someone if the person happened to be a Tamil?

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        Yes, the police have that right. It is arresting them just because they happened to Tamils. Now, the right of the police has been established beyond any question.
        There is law and order in every country. But here this particular Lawless Oder has been personal issued by Defense Secretary Gotabhaya. (That is what the Gazzte reporting today http://colombogazette.com/2014/03/14/tna-shocked-at-kilinochchi-arrest/)
        Now a days, when UN, American, British and other democratic countries’ and Human right organizations’ officials visiting to see the countries situation, this pathetic little, small one is the biggest enemy for the unchangeable Royals of the Land. So GOSL has been mobilizing vast resources to Tharapuram to enact a big LTTE arrest drama there.
        What waste of Government resources? LTTE was secret movement. This 13 years one, barely a teen, has been appearing in public places to ask for where his brother has been hidden by the authorities. After all, it is the government who released her brother’s photo claiming that he is ok and receiving rehabilitation. The truth was 13 years’ brother, pretty that same aged child, was used by Army for slavery and when not needed any further, they have done something to him or considering releasing of him may bring many thing to light of the torturing slavery that army is conducting with name of rehabilitation, so the army does not want to release. So the highest levels in the Sri Lanka government like President, Defense Secretary have taken this small one as their biggest enemy of the time.
        Without the suspecting International Community,( who has become familiar with this child by repeatedly seeing her grief stricken face and smelly old rags clad body in many occasions,) to revenge this small one, the highest level at government has declared the entire Tharmapuram village as area of renewed LTTE activity area. They conducted a drama as searching and chasing an LTTer. With that mask on they entered in this unprotected hut, claiming that is a secret LTTE operation compound, condoned Tharmapuram even not allowing Media people(Media peoples are enemy no1 to GOSL, more than LTTers) and have arrested this child. This child is being arrested just because it is a Tamil child.

        It has spent its 13 years not having one single day enough to fill up her stomach, not a school to go to read some letters, (even the UN has declared that what its’ age children should have been doing at her age,) no sibling to play with or quarrel with for a change, but her mother had taken the stomach pain to give birth for three. Noticing the vulnerability after killing her mother, a savage wild beast, a lioness in the remote jungle of the Dark Continent Africa, getting a motherly feeling and trying console a deer cafe, which is a usual prey of this wild beast. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2214501/Will-mummy-Merciful-lioness-takes-pity-antelope-calf-killing-mother.html. But at same time, in a country where Buddha Dharma is said to be practiced, this is what happening. While, somewhere else in the country, the King’s’ 701th, 702th, 703th rowdies are racing on Lamborghini-es, the wild beasts, the Manama Lions, at the throne of the Lanka, after killing this child’s sibling still could not get the fatherly, motherly feeling of this child because it is a Tamil.

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        This is arrest without cause. She was peacefully advocating for information on disappearances.

        This is also State sanctioned intimidation of Tamils, because arrests and harassements like this are meant to send a signal to other Tamils that they should refrain from protesting against the Sinhala state.

        You Sinhala Chauvinists always drag out the LTTE bogeyman when it is such behavior from you lot that started the armed conflict. You complain about armed conflict but you also make it impossible to hard to resist and protest peacefully.

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      Why blame just the Sinhala chauvanists.

      Narendran (the unmissable Dr. RN) just late last year claimed that the ground reality he personally witnessed is that “the Tamils in the North are generally happy, going about their daily life with a smile in their face now that a bright future under MR is on the horizon. MR’s intensions are honorable, where Tamils are concerned.”

      Obviously the “DR” mis-judged that smile on Vithushaini’s face.

      Of course the “all-knowing DR” has changed his position in the recent months and is rapidly converting to be a preacher!

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    http://tnapolitics.org/?p=2094
    TNA_Arrest of Jeyakumari

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) protests in the strongest terms the arrest of a widow named Balendra Jeyakumari and her thirteen-year-old daughter Vidushika from Dharmapuram in the Kilinochchi District last evening, Thursday 13 March 2014. The Sri Lankan Police claims that gunshots were heard in the vicinity of their home and that a policeman was injured. They also claim that the alleged attackers appeared to have taken shelter in Jeyakumari’s house.

    Jeyakumari and Vidushika are active participants in most protests conducted by families of the disappeared in the Northern Province. Jeyakumari’s two sons were killed in the war and the third went missing after she handed him over to the military in May 2009. Vidushika is her only remaining child.

    A massive contingent of several hundred security personnel surrounded Jeyakumari’s house last afternoon, confiscated their mobile telephones and interrogated them for over four hours before taking them away. They were reportedly held in Vavuniya overnight and were to be produced before a Magistrate today, Friday 14 March 2014. However, as of 3.00pm, they are yet to be produced. TNA Members of Parliament Mavai Senathirajah and E. Saranapavan have been at the Magistrate’s Court premises the whole of today. We have now heard reports that Jeyakumari and Vidushika may be detained by an Order of the Secretary, Ministry of Defence under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act, thereby circumventing the legal requirement that they be produced before a Magistrate within twenty-four hours of arrest.

    The TNA is shocked and appalled at the conduct of the authorities in this regard. The high-handed conduct of the government, even while its human rights record is under scrutiny at the current sessions of the Human Rights Council, is illustrative of the government’s disdainful conduct towards the Human Rights Council. The TNA demands that Jeyakumari and Vidushika be produced before a Magistrate forthwith and released. We remain deeply concerned for the safety and wellbeing of Jeyakumari and Vidushika, particularly given the context of reported widespread sexual violence against women in the Northern Province. We urge the international community to take all possible measures to ensure the safety and release of Jeyakumari and Vidushika.

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    Always there are 2 sides to a story. Sure we got rid of the menace that terrorized us for 30 yrs and sent the country back 300 yrs. But what have we done since winning the war?
    The facts that propped a separatist movement are again created with more vigor, just to win the votes of the majority. Its rosy for the outsider who visits city centers in the North & East. The armed forces are doing a splendid job. But some elements of them are ruining that hard fought victory. They collude with Tamil elements who fought alongside our troops. They are using their power to intimidate people all over these areas by way of kidnapping , ransom collection, protection money, rape of women, girls & boys people smuggling etc.
    The ruling party had introduced a system in all over the country to appoint few of their thugs as village monitors. They enjoy special powers and privileges. The hapless police has no say but to collude with them. You just have to be a ruling party contestant in any election. You will get enough money to win that election by hook or crook!
    Unless there is a movement which is going to stand up to this with the support of media like Colombo Telegraph – the only website I am sure this comment will be published- I have tried another popular site they failed to publish a few times our country is going to be another failed state and very soon drug barons will have our country as a narcotic hub of Asia & far East.
    My sincere appeal to our fellow countrymen is don’t fight over religions,languages and stop criticizing each other or name calling. Try to make ours a country which deserves its place in the world!

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    Howcome none of these so-called mothers or any one of these “human rights activists” did not protest when the sole representative of the Tamils, the LTTE forcibly removed their children from home in the middle of the night to chain them to the front-line bunkers during the conflict. Tamils were used as slaves by the anglo-saxons for centuries and now they are being used as pawns by these same people in their international political games.
    David Cameron, Channel 4 reporters et al must be having a good laugh at our expense. Are we Tamils so stupid no to realize this TRUTH?

    Selva

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      `Tamils were used as slaves by the anglo-saxons for centuries and now they are being used as pawns by these same people in their international political games.`

      Just because VP the mother of all step fathers took the island for suckers and died a coward unlike Hitler you should not hold high ground.
      Just looking at the tea estates the Thondaman dynasty and the Indian Tamils of Malaysia don’t make assumptions.
      Please go check when slavery was abolished then check why and who was the last maharaja of Thanjavur was and finally which dynasty of India was accepted as the only martial race of India by the Europeans and the Persians. The whole of TN was never conquered by anyone in its entire history because they lived life by negotiation.

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    Her ‘crime’ is speaking with Cameron and telling the truth of her relatives’ and friends’ disappearences.
    The ‘military cum police state’ is unable to tolerate the truth.
    The ‘truth commission’ appear not to have interviewed her and her family.
    MR failed to attend the annual commonwealth day celebrations in London,while being the head of the commonwealth.
    Was he afraid of his army’s harassment of civilions being known to the participants.

  • 0
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    If some one says that its a human rites violation against innocent tamils then its hard to be sincere. government forces fort against rebels happens to be tamils form the NE. if any of them could be some ones son,father or the husband , the decision was made by the same individual with or without their consent. now its made to be a serious crime against tamil people which is hard to be true. if the government forces killed those all who surrender then it would have been a true story of real crimes.

  • 1
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    Why are the people blaming Sri Lankan government and forces without realizing how they fought the war with care, with no casualty and how the forces helped and took care of the wounded and shelled…UNHRC, Nazi Pullay, IC or nobody can find anything wrong do anything…see some sample pics @
    [Edited out]
    …and be proud to be Lankan (Sinhala Buddhist Lankans)

  • 2
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    Well, do not blame the police, forces or authorities or Ajith Rohana. They are just doing their duty under the prevailing law of the land. This entire family belongs to a terrorist outfit. The father and the three sons all were Tigers and so are this mother and daughter. They lobbed bombs at the police and shot them with hidden guns. All the forces heard the shot gun noise and then only they arrested them and were taken to the detention place. These TNA terrorist backers are trying to secure the release with bogus excuses. But Secretary of Offense has already given orders to keep them detained under prevention of terrorism act or something. No one can escape due punishment under Gotabaya Rajapakse, believe me if not watch this;
    [Edited out]

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      “This entire family belongs to a terrorist outfit.”

      Oi,Bruzman, whats up incest breed of the
      southern sihala buddhist is showing up on you isnt it??

      Try some GASOC and stop keeping your head between your legs.

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    Jeyakumari and Vidushika are active participants in most protests conducted by families of the disappeared in the Northern Province.

    Oh!!!!!!!!!!! They are similar to those folks found in Negombo area. PAID TO CRY AT FUNERALS.

    Did Jeyakumari protest to the LTTE or their proxies the TNA hyneas when her children were taken away or have they howled before Cameron or sasoon complaining LTTE abducted their children???????????

    These are “POI” sellam for “kasi” & to keep the diasspora desires burning overseas.

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    The timing of the arrest was perfect. I suspect a section of the armed forces, notably the TID, is out to discredit this government. Or even topple the government. Now the Police hunt down a widowed mother and her 13 years daughter for no other reason other than they joined thousands of other demonstrators demanding to know the whereabouts their loved ones. The government and armed forces have failed to account for dis-appearances of LTTE top leaders who surrendered to the armed forces. Their spouses saw them taken away in CTB buses in front of their eyes after the armed forces promised they will be released after inquiry. Now the armed forces and government deny the entire incident. The Government asked the Thamil people to lodge their complaints with the LLRC, but those who appeared before the same LLRC are hunted like dogs! As many commented it is unvarnished state terrorism that created the LTTE. They fought a defensive war against state terrorism which killed thousands of Thamils for being Thamils!

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    Humanitarian operation to arrest a middle aged widow and her 13 yr old child? Have the forces nothing better to do?

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    Oh yes “The entire family belongs to a terrorist outfit” the LTTE..
    That’s what Gota is trying to ‘prove’ and keep them in detention and may be some soft torture and abuse and who knows what else his paid vultures can do !

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