Residents of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts staged a protest on Thursday claiming that the setting up of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) in Colombo, will not be beneficial to the people in the North.
The protesters demanded the government to set up the Office on Missing Persons in Kilinochchi or Mullaitivu claiming that most of the missing people were from north who went on missing due to the war.
They said the families of the missing have to bear huge expenses to come to Colombo to present their grievances or lodge complaints if the OMP is set up in Colombo.
They said the presidential commission appointed by the previous government to inquire into the missing persons did not provide any relief to the northern people. The Office on Missing Persons would not be useful if it is in Colombo.
The protesters handed over petitions to political leaders and government officials in the North and asked them to forward the letters to the President and the Prime Minister explaining their grievances seeking justice.