TRO Pamphlet - The tragic fate of TRO employees abducted by Sri by dfsiopmhy6


									                                                                                                                        Extract from D. B. S. Jeyaraj's Article
                                                               The loved ones of the “missing” have not and will not
 The tragic fate of TRO                                        forget. A ceremony was held end of January in            The (Sri Lankan Auxiliary force) Karuna faction
  employees abducted                                           Kilinochchi to remember the missing seven. The
                                                               mother of one woman and the wife of one man
                                                                                                                        has a man called “Pillaiyan” who is described as the
                                                                                                                        supreme military commander of the TMVP military
                                                               addressed the gathering. They expressed the belief       wing. Pillaiyan was responsible among many
by Sri Lankan Auxiliary forces                                 that the persons were still living and appealed to the   things for the assassination of G. Nadesan the
                                                               world to ensure that they return.Hope springs eternal!   “Virakesari” Batticaloa correspondent. He is said
One year has passed since the abductions and                                                                            to be the main “link” between the TMVP and its
resultant disappearances of seven Tamil                                                                                 military intelligence handlers. Pillaiyan is also the
Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) employees                                                                             alleged mastermind behind the on going “abduction
took place in Welikande . Five TRO persons                                                                              of Tamil businessmen for ransom” racket in
travelling from Batticaloa to Kilinochchi were                                                                          Colombo.
abducted on January 29th Three were released                                                                            Theevuchenai is a village in the Polonnaruwa
subsequently. On the following day (30th) another                                                                       district on the borders of Batticaloa. The TMVP had
TRO vehicle going from B'caloa to Kilinochchi                                                                           a string of camps in the adjoining jungle areas. An
                                                                                                                        order was given to TMVP cadres at Theevuchenai by
was hi-jacked at Welikande. Five full time TRO
                                                                                                                        Pillaiyan over the telephone.
employees and ten trainee recruits were on board.
The ten rookies were released later but the other                                                                       A TMVP team led by a man called Sinthujan alias
                                                                                                                        Pratheepan was given the task. The Karuna faction
five were not.                                                                                                          cadres in the abduction team were Jeyanthan,
                                                                The USA
                                                                Congressmen                                             Kumar, Pulenthiran, Siranjeevi and Yogan. All of
                                                                Patrick Tiberi                                          them are in their early twenties.
                                                                and Sherrod
                                                                                                                        The three females were questioned by Sitha alias
                                                                Brown made
                                                                an appeal to                                            Pradeep the head of TMVP intelligence along with
                                                                then Asst.                                              two others and released. . Sitha's claim to notoriety
   The TRO Coordinator Regi meeting ex-                         Secretary of                                            was after the murder of former Tamil National
         Secretary General of UN                                State Christina                                         Alliance National list MP Joseph
                                                                Rocca to                                                Pararajasingham on Christmas day in 2005
                                                                release TRO
              “Kasinathar Ganeshalingam,                        Employees.
                                                                                                                        Ganeshalingam was from Thellipalai in Jaffna while
                                                                                                                        Thangarasa was from Kilinochchi were interrogated
              Kathirkamar Thangarasa,                                                                                   and executed by Sinthujan.
              Thanuskody Premini,
              Shanmuganathan Sujendram,                         The UN agencies in Sri Lanka deplore the                Nadeswari and Sivamathy were required to give
              T h a m b i r a j a Va s a n t h a r a j a n ,    reported abduction of 10 humanitarian aid               statements to the Police. They were harassed by
                                                                workers employed by the Tamils Rehabilitation           Police officials who kept them at the station
Kailayapillai Ravindran and Arunesarasa
                                                                Organisation (TRO), an aid organisation                 overnight. The victims were treated as suspects.
Satheesharan, all employees of the Tamil relief                                                                         Both of them also went to Colombo and voluntarily
and development charity, Tamils Rehabilitation                  registered with the Government of Sri Lanka,
                                                                and call for their immediate release.                   tendered statements to the Human Rights
Organization (TRO), were abducted in two                                                                                Commission. Ms. Doshini has not made a statement
                                                                These are humanitarian aid workers who
separate incidents in late January 2006. It is                                                                          to the HRC.
feared that they may have “disappeared” and                     devote their professional lives to serving
                                                                those in need. Therefore, they have the right           On the following day (Jan 30th) the same team
there are grave concerns for their safety.”                                                                             abducted fifteen people. After the interrogation ten
                                                                                                                        of them were released.
The five persons kept at Theevuchenai were
Aruneswararajah Satheeswaran; Kailayapillai
Ravindran, Palugamam, Shanmuganathan
Sujendiran,; Thambyrajah Vasantharajan and
                                                                                                                       The tragic fate of
Ms.Premini Thanuskody .
The four males were “interrogated” intensively by
TMVP intelligence led by Sitha and they were asked to
dig a huge pit. When it was over the weeping men were
                                                                                                                        TRO employees
lined up and shot. TMVP cadres quickly covered up the
The fate of Premini was terrible. She was raped
                                                            K. Thangarasa
                                                           Pre-School teacher at the
                                                                                            T. Vasantharajan
                                                                                                                        abducted by
                                                                                              Acct at B'caloa
first by Sinthujan himself and gang raped by
                                                                                                                         Sri Lankan
                                                                Vavunatheeevu                  TRO office
TMVP cadres. She was apparently hacked to               pre-school and vehicle driver .
death and thrown into the bushes.
                                The Award
                                received from                                                                          Auxiliary forces
                                the Sri Lankan
                                ex- President
                                Kumaratunga               K.Ganeshalingam                     K. Ravindran
                                Bandaranayak                North East Province                 The accountant
                                                           Secretary of Pre-School        at Vipulananda Children's
                                e for Tsunami           Education Development Centre          home, Palugamam
                                Rehabilitation                    (PSEDC)

                                                           A. Satheesharan                                             International donors are supervising
                                                           An accounts trainee                S. Sujendram
                                                             from Vellaveli         The accountant of Manikkavasagar        TRO Rehabilitation work
                                                                                       Children's home, Santhively
                                                                                                                        “TRO is a legally registered Sri
                                                                                                                        Lankan charity and its mission
                                                                                                                        is to provide much needed
                                                                                                                        relief, rehabilitation and
       The Special Envoy for Tsunami                                                                                    development for the people of
    Rehabilitation Mr. Bill Clinton meeting                                  T.Premini
                                                                   The chief TRO accountant for                         the northeast of Sri Lanka”.
         TRO Coordinator Mr. Regi                                      the Eastern Province.

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