Tamil Diplomat

Prageeth Eknaligoda case: Sri Lanka arrests soldiers

Sri Lankan police have detained 11 people, most of them soldiers or former soldiers, in a widening probe into the disappearance of a cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda .

At the time of his disappearance in January 2010, Eknaligoda was working on a story on the alleged use of cluster bombs by Sri Lanka’s military in the final months of the war against the Liberation igers of Tamil Eelam, his colleagues said.

The military has denied any such use.

Army spokesman Jayanath Jayaweera said four of the detained men were serving soldiers while the rest were ex-soldiers and informers employed by the military.

“It has been disclosed during the investigations these 11 people had taken Prageeth to a camp. Last week they were taken to this camp and questioned,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

A spokesman for the military said it was fully cooperating with the police investigation. The military had withdrawn all privileges of the detained men, spokesman Jayaweera said, pending the investigation.