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280 Lankan Tamils, including 29 children, disappeared in one day: ITJP

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

About 280 Tamils, including 29 children, who had surrendered before the on the final day of the war against the in 2009, had gone missing in the single largest incident of enforced disappearance in the country's history, according to a rights group report.

The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) website has listed 280 names of enforced disappearances of people in which included at least 29 children, a release from the said.

"This is the largest single group of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka's history - hundreds of people disappearing at the same time and place with multiple eyewitnesses both inside and outside the country," was quoted as saying in the release.

Calling on to question the military commanders if it wants to recover the truth about these cases, the claimed that the commanders had even shook hands with the surrendered Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) leaders, who were alleged to have been executed.

"On the final day of the war, the made loud announcements urging Tamils to surrender, promising them an amnesty."

The ITJP, the release said, urges that in one voice demand to know the plight of the 29 Tamil children, last seen with their families in the custody of the on or around May 18, 2009.

"Nine long years have gone by and their grandmothers and mothers should not be left alone to stand on the roadside demanding the truth while exposed to intimidation and threats from the security forces," Sooka said.

The has denied executing those who had surrendered despite demands from the for an independent international probe into alleged war crimes.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 17:00 IST