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Last updated: 23 March, 2007 - Published 18:21 GMT
 
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White van 'terrorises' Jaffna
 
Jaffna hospital
Killings and the disapperances are in the rise in Jaffna, residents say
A Tamil youth was shot dead and three others were abducted in the northern Sri Lankan town of Jaffna on Friday.

Dharmaratnam Udayangar, 19, [19yrs] was gunned down in Jaffna on Friday morning.

Nirmalanandan mayuran, 19, Mathilamani Ajantha, 24, and Vignashweran Krishanthan, 16, were abducted by unidentified persons came in a white van, residents said.

Two people were found dead and another tortured in Jaffna on Thursday.

Kadiran udayayogitha ,27, was killed while she was working in a chemist opposite the Jaffna Hospital.

Thangathurai Thayaparan, 28, was abducted and tortured then left for dead in a ditch. He was admitted to hospital.

Another unidentified body was also found in Jaffna.

Missing journalist

Meanwhile, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) accused the security forces of secretly holding a Jaffna journalist.

RSF in a tatement on Friday said it can "affirm that the military participated in the arrest of journalist Subramaniam Ramachandran on 15 February north of Jaffna".

The journalist, who was earleir threatened by the LTTE for having contacts with the military, is thought be kept in a military camp, RSF said.

The media watchdog appealed the authorities to take immediate action to release Ramchandran.

Batticaloa abductions

In Batticaloa, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians said at least 15 people were abducted in the district in recent weeks.

TNA parliamentarian P Ariyanethran told BBC Sandeshaya that two bodies of civilians were handed over to the hopital by the police.

The Special Task Force (STF) has handed over four bodies of alleged Tamil Tigers, the MP said.

But the relatives have identified two bodies as a school boy and a civilian from Periya Porativu, according to Ariyanetran.

The Batticaloa district co-ordinator of National Human Rights Commission (HRC) said the HRC has received 11 complaints on disapperances between 11-16 March.

'Arrested' by the forces

E Manoharan told bbcsinhala.com that the relatives believe many of those were arrested by the security forces while fleeing LTTE-held areas.

Arulalan Robert, who was reported to be missing was released by the police after producing before the courts, HRC official said.

The HRC has received information that four others were send to Bogambara prison due to lack of space in a rehabilitation camp.

Manoharan said the Commission is trying to find information on other missing persons.

 
 
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