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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Sri Lankan rebels surrender to security forces in Ampara

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 16 January, ( Less than 48 hours after Sri Lankan security forces called on LTTE cadres to surrender at army camps and police stations, five cadres have surrendered at the Special Task Force (STF) Sangamam Kanda camp in Ampara.

A spokesman attached to the media centre for national security told the “Asian Tribune” that the five cadres were between the ages of 17 and 20 and were from Ampara.

The STF headquarters in a statement issued during the weekend called upon all LTTE cadres who had fled the Defensive military operations in Kanchikudichcharu and those who were forcibly detained by the LTTE to surrender to the security forces. The STF in their statement guaranteed the cadres full security and facilities to ensure their future welfare.

"The government will also ensure their economic stability through a rehabilitation programme which is already under way. LTTE carders who had surrendered earlier have been rehabilitated and some of them are now employed both locally and abroad. Future surrenders too will receive these benefits," the statement added.

The media centre spokesman also said that the five surrenders are currently being investigated by the Terrorism Investigations Department, after which they will undergo a rehabilitation programme and then will be handed over to their families.

Meanwhile the defence ministry in its website said that the bodies of two youth identified as LTTE deserters were found in Akkaraipattu. They were identified as Sinnathambi Danapalasingham aged 25 and Krishanapille Rajaram aged 19. "They have been shot dead by suspected LTTE gunmen at Kannagipuram at Akkaraipattu on Sunday afternoon," the statement said.

- Asian Tribune -

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