Sri Lanka police on Wednesday arrested a senior navy officer in connection with the abductionand disappearance of 11 youth, including ethnic minority Tamils, during the country’s civil war that ended seven years ago.
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said navy Commodore D.K.P. Dasanayake was arrested Wednesday after an investigation into the abduction of 11 youth in the capital Colombo.
According to Gunasekara, the youth had been abducted, illegally detained and then disappeared during the period of 2008 -2009. Dasanayake has been accused of aiding and abetting the incident.
Dasanayake will appear before a magistrate.
Three other navy members have also been arrested and remanded for the same incident.
A large number of people have been reported missing in the civil war that ended in 2009.
Many were abducted by government paramilitary personnel for alleged links to the now-defeated Tamil Tiger rebels. Rebels also abducted civilians as forced conscripts. Many people who gave themselves up to the military in the final stages of the war are also unaccounted for.
There is no clear record of the missing from the nearly 26-year conflict. A missing person’s commission has received 20,000 complaints.
Last year, ethnic Tamil leaders asked the top U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein to help determine the fate of more than 4,000 Tamils reported missing in the war amid the government’s assertion that most of them are probably dead…………