A Tamil youth engaged in removing sand legally in Kooraay area in Mannaar district was abducted on Monday by a group of 22 Sinhalese persons deployed by a Sinhalese trader from the South in sand removal in the country of Eezham Tamils. The Sinhala trader operates with the backing of the occupying SL military. The abduction took place while the Tamil youth was at the Anuradhapura office of the SL authority to renew his sand removal permit. However, the 21-year-old youth managed to escape from the custody of the abductors on Tuesday and made a complaint to the SL police in Ilupaaik-kadavai, news sources in Mannaar said. The ‘escape’ was reported after the Tamil villagers in Kooraay held 5 Sinhalese workers deployed by the Southern trader at the house of the Tamil victim.
The abducted youth Nagalingam Rajeevan had obtained a permit from the relevant authority to remove and transport 200 tractor loads of sand per month from Kooraay.
A Sinhalese from the south also obtained a permit to remove sand for sale from the same area with the influence of an SL government minister from the Southern Province. With the backing of the occupying Sri Lanka Army, the trader form the South has been engaged in removing more than 2,000 loads of sand per month from Kooraay for sale.
When Mr Rajeevan was abducted on Monday, a friend of him who had accompanied him to Anuradhapura immediately conveyed the news to his relatives at Kooraay.
Angered residents of Kooraay area immediately took into custody of five Sinhalese labourers, who were engaged in removing sand deployed by the said Sinhalese trader. The Sinhala workers were kept at Rajeevan’s residence.
On receipt of information the SL police rushed to the site and got the five Sinhalese labourers released.
However, according to a telephone message to his brother, Mr Rajeevan has said that he had managed to ‘escape‘ from his abductors and lodge a complaint to the SL police about the ordeal he underwent in the custody of the abductors, the news sources further said.