A Tamil man who was reported missing twenty three years ago following a bomb explosion in 1991 at Armor Street Junction in Colombo is said to have been located in a detention camp in the South. The victim, K. Vairvanathan, from Chu’n’naakam in Jaffna is now 53. Both his parents, who have been searching for him, have passed away. After searching for their son for several years, both the parents had come to the conclusion that Vairavanathan was also killed in the bomb explosion, legal sources in Colombo told TamilNet.
The Hambantota Magistrate Court has sent a letter addressed to the parents of the victim to receive their son.
The sister of the victim, with her husband, is taking steps to receive Vairavanthan from the detention camp in the south, the sources in Colombo said.
Arbitrary and illegal detention have become routine tools of so-called law enforcement for decades since the introduction of the Prevention of Terrorism Act of 1979. The practice still continues. Although the SL State ‘lifted’ the state of emergency in August 2011, the repressive PTA is still in force.
For three decades, genocidal Sri Lanka’s white vans have systematically persecuted Eezham Tamil civilians and activists with abduction and torture and extra-judicial killings.
146,679 people have gone unaccounted in the final months of the genocidal war in 2009 alone.