Tamil woman who pressed case for lost son, nabbed

March 16, 2014 - 6:12:01 am
COLOMBO:  An ethnic Tamil woman who has become a prominent face in the effort to find out what happened to the tens of thousands who disappeared in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s 26-year war has been arrested, the main Tamil party said.

Sri Lankan police said Balendran Jayakumari, a 50-year-old widow and mother of four, was arrested in Sri Lanka’s former northern war zone of Kilinochchi on the charge of harbouring a criminal who shot at a police officer to evade arrest.

The Tamil National Alliance, which was the political proxy of the now-defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said she was being punished for protesting over the fate of her son who disappeared after the Tigers surrendered to the government at the end of the war in May 2009.

“I think they have been targeted and charging her will send a message to the other relatives of disappeared people. Those people may not come out to tell what happened to their beloved ones in the future,” TNA lawmaker Eswarapatham Saravanabavan said.                           Reuters