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Four Jaffna University students sent to Welikanda detention camp

Four Jaffna University students sent to Welikanda detention camp

2012 Dec 15

The Terrorism Investigations Department (TID) on a directive by the Defence Secretary has transferred four Jaffna University students to the Welikanda detention camp. Their parents have been informed of the transfer. Seven out of the 11 students who were arrested were released on the 11th.

Head of the Jaffna University Students’ Union, B. Bhavanandan, secretary, P. Dharshananth, head of the Arts Faculty Union, K. Jenamay Jayanth and S. Solomon from the Science faculty have been transferred to Welikanda from the Vavuniya TID.

“I went to the Vavuniya TID office in the morning to see them. They were not there. We were told that they have been taken to the Welikanda military detention camp,” a relative of a student said. The students’ parents have not been given a reason to transfer them to Welikanda.

Former LTTE members are also being detained for a long period at the Welikanda camp. A recent report by Amnesty International stated that persons being detained at the camp were subjected to torture.

The seven students who were released are K. Sajeevan, S. Prasanna, C. Sasikanth, S. Jengan, T. Abharajithan, P. Subeshkumar and Subeshkumar.

It is learnt that there are moves to frame false charges against the Jaffna University students who are being unlawfully detained.

The TID is reportedly trying to frame charges to say that they are being manipulated by the Tamil Diaspora and that they have links with the underworld.

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