18-year-old Sivalingam Sivakumaran, a student from Kerudaavil village in Vadamaraadchi North of Jaffna district, was found slain inside a bush, 2 km away from his house on Wednesday. The Tamil student was abducted five days ago, on 13 April after 6:00 p.m., when he had left his house towards the historic Chelvach-channithi temple, according to the family of the victim. The Kerudaavil village is situated along the eastern border of the Valikaamam ‘High Security Zone’ of the occupying SL military. The student has been tortured and killed, the villagers who witnessed the recovery of the dead body told media. In the meantime, Indian parliamentarians were taken to Jaffna Wednesday evening, after being taken on a ‘guided’ tour, which was fully packed with ceremonial events, carefully avoiding interactions with civil representatives in Mullaiththeevu.
Residents of Kerudaavil suspect that the SL Army soldiers were behind the abduction and slaying of the Tamil student.
Sivakumaran was well known to the SL Army soldiers in the area who had been interacting with him, the family and relatives told media.
Last year, a youth of a resettled family of a former LTTE member from Vanni, was shot and killed by a Sinhala soldier of the SL military camp in the area, when the boy was sent back home from the camp after an ‘interrogation’ at the camp. The SL military had suppressed the news of the killing and the family was told that it was a ‘misfire’. The youth had been slain by a targeted gunshot while he was leaving the camp, sources in Kerudaavil said.
Many abductions go unreported as families of the victims refrain from complaining, the sources further said adding that the SL military officials and paramilitary operatives often ‘advice’ the families to keep a low profile in reporting the incidents. The families of the victims are told that such reporting would only reduce the chance of ‘possible future release’ of those being abducted.