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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

TRO Staff kidnapped on the way to Vanni

[b]TRO Staff kidnapped on the way to Vanni

[b]Colombo, 31 January, ( [/b]Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) has complained to the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission that five (5) of their staff members travelling from the Batticaloa office to Vanvuniya for training have been kidnapped by unidentified personnel shortly after the crossed the Welikanda, (Polunnaruwa District) Checkpoint of the Sri Lankan Army on 30 January, 2006. TRO has blamed the unidentified "paramilitaries" for the kidnapping.

TRO, which is considered to be a fund raising front of LTTE abroad, banned in some Western countries.

The Batticoloa branch has complained that after the TRO staff vehicle had crossed the Welikanda army checkpoint and was continuing its journey a white van that had been following them obstructed their path and forced them to stop. The unidentified kidnappers had picked five out of the fifteen (15) TRO staff members who were travelling from Batticaloa. They were dragged out of the TRO van and forced into thewhite van . The other ten were assaulted and forced to go back to Batticaloa , according to the complaint.

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