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Extortion through abduction of children increases in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 9 May 2009 08:53 No Comment]

Officers of local UN organizations in Jaffna peninsula have complained to Sri Lanka Army (SLA) high authorities in Jaffna of demands of extortion and intimidation that their school going children will be abducted, sources in Jaffna said. Though the said officers confirmed the demands and intimidation they refused to give additional information. The persons alleged to be the perpetrators are Sri Lanka Army (SLA) backed paramilitary men who move freely during SLA imposed curfew hours and around SLA camps in the peninsula, civil society sources in Jaffna said.

Many prominent traders, doctors, lawyers and wealthy civilians had paid the money demanded by the intimidators in fear of their school going children being abducted and killed for not paying the money demanded, the sources added.

In some of the above cases the children abducted and released on payment are girl students, the sources informed.

Girl students being abducted and then killed for not paying the demanded ransom in Batticaloa and Trincomalee in recent times appear to have spread to Jaffna peninsula, the sources expressed concern.
SLA authorities in Jaffna have instructed the public to provide information on persons suspected to be the persons demanding money.

No one had dared to do so as it is generally known that the culprits operate along with SLA soldiers and in fear of being revenged for informing on them, the sources further said.

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