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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

7259 Tigers who surrendered are in Rehabilitation camps

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Colombo, 25 May, ( To rehabilitate the 7259 LTTE activists who have voluntarily surrendered to the Army, during the last six months, several new Rehabilitation camps are already set up in the North, said an Army official. Of these about 4000 have surrendered within the last two months, he told Asian Tribune.

Of those undergoing rehabilitation at present are 2214 at the Pampamadu Technical College, Vavuniya, 2171 at the Rambakulama Balika Vidyalaya, 1457 at Omantha Vidyalaya, 757 at the Pallakelle Welfare camp, 140 at Tellipilai camp in Jaffna, 120 at the Welikande camp, and 400 women at the Cooperative building in Punthottam, making up a total of 7259 persons.

Due to congestion, the Ministry of Justice has made arrangements to rehabilitate them in some additionally acquired temporary buildings at Vavuniya.

Those who are in the Pallakelle camp are being transferred to a camp in Omanthai. 52 under age LTTE youth are being housed with their guardians at the Menik Farm Welfare camp, Vavuniya. Police indicated that these 52 under age youth will soon be transferred to a separate Rehabilitation camp.

Among those who have voluntarily surrendered to the Army are the third and fourth leader of the Sea Tigers, several Lieutenant Colonels, Lieutenants, Majors and Captains of the LTTE.

Former LTTE top brass number around 500 persons, Defence sources said.

- Asian Tribune -

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