Tamil Diplomat

Sri Lankan protesters urge for new investigation into missing activists

About 100 colleagues and family members protested outside Colombo’s main railway station yesterday  to urge the Sri Lankan government to conduct a new investigation into the fate of two activists who disappeared four years ago.

The activists — Lalith Kumar Weeraraju and Kugan Muruganandan — went missing on Dec. 9, 2011, while organizing a news conference to mark Human Rights Day in the country’s former civil war zone in the north.

 Ravindra Mudalige, head of the Movement for Equal Rights which organized Thursday’s protest, said investigations under the previous government failed to reveal the fate of the two activists and “therefore, we urge the new government to conduct a fresh probe and reveal what happened to these two and who are responsible for their abduction and as well as hundreds of other abductions.”