ONLY IN SRI LANKA – ‘Tiger’s missing family reappears after more than five years’

By Mohamed Haniff

Members of a family who surrendered to the armed forces in 2009, had been dropped at their residence in Varani, Jaffna last week by some unknown persons, Leader of the Democratic People’s Liberation Front (DPLF) Dharmalingam Siddharthan said yesterday

“They are the wife and three children of prominent LTTE cadre Vinayagam,” Siddharthan said, pointing-out that “Vinayagam’s wife had surrendered to the armed forces with her children at the end of the war in May 2009, and gone missing ever since and her whereabouts were not known to her relatives for the last six years.”

Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera, contacted for comment, said the Kodikamam Police OIC who had confirmed to him that the Police Station there had not got any such information about Vinayagar’s wife and children.

The Tamil politician from northern Sri Lanka said that the fate of those who had disappeared must be revealed.

“The number of missing persons has been give as 5,000 in the report on the Dead and Missing Persons Parents Form (DMPPF) handed over to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) and it was reasonably accurate, Siddharthan said.

“There are many who have not reported disappearances of their loved for fear of reprisal and, therefore, the figure could be higher than this,”he added.

The sudden reappearance of Vinayagam’s family after more than five years had given hope to the relatives of other missing persons, Siddharthan said.

Vinayagam is said to be living in France.