Thatched huts burnt with Tamil civilians inside

Place: Pottuvil | Courtesy: Virakesari
| Date: 19950513

On Saturday 13 May 1995, at about 3.30 p.m. the Pottuvil police entered the Inspector Etram Milakudiyetra village burnt down about 95 huts. The civilians who suffered in this attack complained to me at my home in Batticaloa.

"The Batticaloa TULF M.P. Mr.Joseph Pararajasingham has called for an investigation into the attack by the Sri Lanka Pottuvil police on Tamil civilians in the Inspector Etram Milakudiyetra village, including acid throwing and burning of homes. Mr.Pararajasingham faxed President Chandrika Kumaratunga the facts concerning the incident. He said:

"On Saturday 13 May 1995, at about 3.30 p.m. the Pottuvil police entered the Inspector Etram Milakudiyetra village burnt down about 95 huts. The civilians who suffered in this attack complained to me at my home in Batticaloa.

The police have forced many of the civilians into the thatched huts and then set fire to the huts. As a result two women and an eight year old have been admitted to the Batticaloa Hospital with severe burns.

One police officer threw acid at the body of a 28 year old Tamil woman and as a result she has been admitted for treatment at the hospital.

As a result of the violence that occurred in June 1990, Tamil civilians from Komari, Pottuvil Inspector Etram, and Kundumadu villages left their homes and sought refuge in Komari Refugee Camp. In 1993, all these refugees were transferred to Inspector Etram village. Here they built their own thatched huts and lived in them.

Now, as a result of the inhuman actions of the Police, these people have sought refuge in the Pilayar Temple and in St.Anthony's Church. Even after three days, the Government has not assisted these displaced persons in any way.'"