the night of 9th January (i.e. 1.00 am Tuesday 10 January 2006) six
or seven persons wearing black balaclava shone torch lights into the
home of Rajivmohan while all the occupants of the house were asleep.
The invaders knocked on all the windows around their home and asked
them to open the door for checking. Occupants got up, switched on
the lights, and opened the door. The persons in balclava grabbed
young Rajeevmohan. Rajeevmohan’s mother started to scream. The men
in balclava put a gun to her throat and threatened her not to shout.
They told the occupants to remain in one room and switch all the
lights off. The men in balaclava spoke to the occupants in good
Tamil indicating they were Tamil speaking. The two gates to the
house were shut and padlocked. The men therefore entered the
premises of the house by jumping over the fence. Once they grabbed
young Rajeevmohan they asked an older occupant of the house to open
the gate. When the occupant was locating the keys, the men in
balaclava slapped him on the face for taking long to open the gate.
Once the abductors left through the gate with Rajeevmohan, about 25
Sri Lankan army men shouting in Sinhala who have surrounded the
house until then also ran out and got in their vehicles. There was
one white van and two army vehicles in which the Sri Lankan army
soldiers and the men in balaclava left with Rajeevmohan. Elavalai
police station is only 100 metres from their home and the street was
well lit. Family ran to the police station to lay complaint. They
then went to the SLMM office and also the Jaffna branch of the Sri
Lanka Human Rights Commission and laid complaints. They have also
laid a complaint in our office.
Name: Balakrishnan Rajeevmohan
Age: 21 years.
DOB 3 March 1985
Address: College Road (Kalluri Road), Elavalai, Jaffna
Rajeevmohan was an old student of St Henry’s college in Elavalai. He
worked in the city of Doha in Qatar for 20 months and returned only
four months ago back to Jaffna. He was very depressed and unhappy
that he was not able to earn enough money while in Doha although his
parents send him there at some expense to earn money.
Distraught mother told NESOHR that he is a very soft boy who had no
involvement in any outside activities.
There are good reasons for the family’s fear. Various reports in the
local media have stated that several people who were taken away like
this from their homes over the last two months have disappeared.