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WHY DID DIG THANGAVELU CROSS THE ARMY CHECKPOINT AND PROCEED TO LTTE CONTROLLED AREA? SL POLICE SHOULD INVESTIGATE HIS STORY TO CONFIRM THAT POLICE SECURITY IS NOT COMPROMISED

Ramanie de Zoysa

Deputy Inspector General of Police J. Thangavelu, head of the Police Legal Division, was apparently detained in the early hours three days ago by LTTE cadres at Karadavaru for over two hours. According to the DIG he was returning from Ampara via Batticaloa after distributing tsunami relief and was on his way to Badulla.


There are several questions that spring to mind about this
incident:

1). What was the purpose of DIG's visit to Badulla? Was he accompanied by anyone else from the Police who can verify DIG's purpose?

2). Apparently the DIG passed thru an Army checkpoint before entering the LTTE 'got' him. DIG Thangavelu now accuses the Army of not alerting him to the fact that he was heading in the way of the LTTE 'controlled' areas. As the DIG himself, wouldn't Mr Thangavelu already know where the LTTE infested areas are? Why didn't he check with the Army officers just to ensure his own safety? How would the Army officers know where he was going in order to warn him?

(The DIG appears to be very angry about the incident and is threatening to report on the Army officers about not warning him about 'inadvertantly' wandering into the LTTE infested area- pardon me, but, this action alone is rather indicative of someone who has been where he shouldn't have been and is trying to send up enough smoke screens to blur the visions of anyone who may be watching! This is perhaps just my suspicious mind!)

3). He spent about two hours in LTTE 'detention'; did LTTE question him for two hours? What were the questions put through to him? If not being questioned were they all waiting around twiddling their thumbs? Was his life threatened at any stage? Was he subject to any physical or emotional aggression, being a Tamil working as a SL police officer?

4). Mr Thangavelu was 'released' by the LTTE after two hours. Why does he think he was suddenly released after two hours? Did the terrorists say anything to him like 'you can go now' 'sorry for the detention- it's all been a mistake' 'don't do it again- we are letting you go this time'... etc etc etc. Did they ever explain why he was detained in the first place or released all of a sudden?

I think the DIG and the Sri Lanka Police should in all fairness explain the circumstances of this strange incident to the people of Sri Lanka. SLMM should also look into this to justify their pitiful existence. In this day and age Sri Lanka can ill afford to gloss over stories that do not add up from people who are responsible for the defence of the nation against terrorists of
all descriptions.



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