Former Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels ‘disappear’

A rights campaigner claims the men have apparently been taken away by the Sri Lankan government authorities.

Updated: May 17, 2012, 12:25 PM IST

Colombo: Three Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels, who took part in a government-organised rehabilitation ceremony last year, have disappeared.

According to a rights campaigner, the men have apparently been taken away by the government authorities.

It has emerged that parents saw photos of their children at the ceremony attended by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, but now know nothing of their fate.

Human rights campaigner and former MP Mano Ganesan said that when they saw the photograph they made inquiries with police, the government and the Army, but got only "negative responses".

The BBC quoted Ganesan as saying that there may have been similar disappearances after earlier ceremonies.

According to the report, the government did not even tell their families that the men were in the camps or attending the event.

The parents only learned their sons were present when they saw them in a newspaper photograph.

Meanwhile, Ganesan has said that he is "looking into" these cases and asked concerned parents to visit him.