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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
Tortured Tamil bodies float in Colombo
Meantime, in Colombo, Kandy and elsewhere in the South, hundreds of Tamils were arbitrarily arrested and tortured. Many 'disappeared' and bodies were found floating in the waterways and lakes near Colombo.
"Over 1500 Tamils were arrested in Colombo this month... Human rights groups are increasingly concerned over arbitrary mass arrests amongst the city's 350,000 Tamil population after reports of financial extortion, robbery and assault.. Outside the capital there is tension and similar spate of arrests in Kandy, Anuradhapura, Kalutara, Matara and Badulla..."(British Refuge Council publication, Sri Lanka Monitor, May 1995)
"In the capital city of Colombo, a video store clerk named Naresh Rajadurai, 27, is last sighted in the company of an army officer. A week later, Rajadurai's decomposed body is found 100 km north of Colombo with those of four other Tamil youths... corpses of young men, many with faces mutilated to prevent identification, have started showing up in lakes and field outside Colombo." (Time Magazine, 31 July 1995)
"Fear has been revived in the mind of the public again that the terror era of 1989 has come round again. The reason for such a scare was the horrific sighting of dead bodies of youth in rivers, lakes and waterways in Piliyandala and Panadura (near Colombo), in the recent past. Eleven emaciated bodies, evidently tortured were recovered in a decomposed state in Bolgoda Lake. The bodies discovered on May 13, June 1 and June 10, washed ashore at Indigihatotupoa in Panadura... All eleven dead men seemed to be around 30-35 years of age and several of them had been gagged, starved and tortured before death." (Sinhala owned, Sri Lanka Sunday Leader, 2 July 1995)
"IGP Frank de Silva said four of the bodies found at Bolgoda and Alawwa have been identified as those of Tamils. 'It looks as if all the bodies are those Tamils' he said at a press briefing at the Tourist Board. (Sinhala owned Newslanka published in London, 15 July 1995) (see also the collapse of the trial of Special Task Force members charged for the atrocity)