Government to celebrate the Killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilianS and more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with WHITE FLAG after UN negotiated the surrender on 19th May as VICTORY DAY.
Tamils banned from remembering their siblings or children killed and made to disappear in thousands by Sri Lankan forces on 18th May as Maveerar day.
Police Intelligence personnel have received information to the effect that various commemorative events have been planned in the North to honour the LTTE leaders who were killed by the Sri Lankan forces under the guise of observing War Heroes (Maaveerar) week which falls later this week.
The UN reported that more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces in month of May 2009 alone in the last weeks of fighting. The Sri Lankan forces killed the Tamil civilians who were in Mullikaival in view of killing the LTTE and killing of LTTE leaders who surrendered with WHITE FLAG after UN negotiated the surrender.
There was however more than one white flag incident. At least 103 other LTTE leaders and those associated with them were seen later that day surrendering while unarmed. Some were led by an elderly Catholic priest called Father Francis Joseph; witnesses saw them loaded onto a bus under army guard. They have not been seen since and are presumed to have been disappeared by the Sri Lanka security forces.
An analysis of the available evidence points to an organised government plan at the highest level not to accept the surrender of the top civilian, administrative and political leadership of the LTTE – but rather to execute them. In the immediate aftermath of the surrenders, the Sri Lankan government presented a number of contradictory explanations for the killings of the political wing leaders but none for the other people who disappeared.
Eight years on, the families of the disappeared and dead desperately need to know what happened to their loved ones and why.
The white flag incident allegedly involved several very high level Sri Lankan officials.
The President’s brother, Basil Rajapaksa, allegedly took the lead in the negotiation of the surrender of the political leaders. He reportedly had the surrender deal approved by his siblings – President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Permanent Representative to the UN mission, Palitha Kohona, who was then foreign secretary, is alleged to have played a key role, sending text messages to the LTTE with instructions on how to surrender safely.
Police sources said information received pointed to plans by all the Tamil MPs in the North will take part in the War Heroes day where it is a tradition to honour the LTTE members who were killed by the Sri Lankan forces, during the war in the North and the East, on 18 May.
May 19, which was marked as the “Victory Day” and celebrated by the Sri Lankan government which honored the Sri Lankan force soldiers for the last five years, will be marked as a “Remembrance Day” to commemorate members of the Sri Lankan Sinhala forces died in the war in May 2009.
Senior Police Officer stated that all Police Stations in both Provinces have been alerted to the staging of events to remember the Tamil s killed in May 2009 which has been expressly banned in the country by the Sinhala government. The police source said anyone lighting lamps or remembering the Tamils killed by Sri Lankan forces will be arrester.