In the backdrop of an increasing number of deaths of former LTTE cadres, the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has decided to conduct a free medical camp to check the health conditions of the surviving ex-cadres who have undergone rehabilitation.
Sources said that there are around 12,000 ex-LTTE cadres who have undergone rehabilitation since the end of the war in 2009. The rehabilitated ex-rebels will be requested to undergo medical check up to ascertain if there is a severe medical issue or if the recent deaths of over 100 ex-cadres was just a coincidence.
Tamil media has reported that some 107 former members of the LTTE have died under mysterious circumstances in recent months, after allegedly being injected with a drug while they were being rehabilitated at military camps.
The NPC also recently passed a resolution calling for a medical investigation into the deaths of the former cadres. The NPC has maintained that independent international experts should be present in such an investigation.
According to the NPC most of the dead cadres who have died were relatively young and the reason for the deaths is an ‘unexplained illnesses.’