Civil organisation gives false numbers: Paranagama

12 August 2014 11:53 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Some civil organisations published baseless statements showing a higher number of people as gone missing in the North, the Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons Maxwell Paranagama said today.

He said one organisation had claimed that more than 100,000 had gone missing only in Mannar.

“When we asked the organisation to forward the family members of those who went missing, if there is such high number, the organisation failed to do so,” he said.

He said the Commission published newspaper advertisements, gazette notifications and informed the villagers on the sittings of the commission’s three months prior to the hearings.

He said if there were 100,000 missing persons, their families could have complained to the Commission because of the previously given publicity.
“After all the publicity that was given, we only received about 375 complaints from Mannar,” he said.

Mr. Paranagama said 157 complainants had turned up for the hearings held in Mannar District from August 8 to 11.

The commission held public sittings in Mullaithivu in July and in Batticaloa in June. It had previously conducted public sittings in Kilinochchi and in Jaffna.  
Mr. Paranagama said they have not made a decision on the place of the next sitting.    

The Commission has so far received 19,284 complaints. Approximately 5,000 complaints had been received from relatives of missing security forces personnel. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 10

  • Saskia Tuesday, 12 August 2014 01:47 PM

    If your armed forces do not threaten the people, they will come out and put their complaints. May be then, it could be 100 000.
    19,284 is too less, I am sure there are more missing. How can the security personnel be missing? Who are hiding them? There is no LTTE though???

    gobbaya Wednesday, 13 August 2014 04:24 AM

    dear learned sir are you so naive to expect the vanquished to have faith in victors justice via DM Android App

    priyan Wednesday, 13 August 2014 07:18 AM

    Then whom do propose to conduct the inquiry ?

    shaju Wednesday, 13 August 2014 04:52 AM

    Maxwell Paranagama, are able to sleep well every night? Kindly do justice to your human life in this birth.

    raju Wednesday, 13 August 2014 07:57 AM

    sorry , i thing your job to find the missing people ?did you find a single person so far ?

    raju Wednesday, 13 August 2014 07:59 AM

    did you manage to find a single missing person ?

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:19 PM

    Good gad, when you make statements like this, you are going to be a very richly rewarded man soon. Didn't you ever try to find out why the heck and circumstances the minority community is aloof towards a panel which has been appointed by the suspected perpetrators themselves???

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:23 PM

    The sole aim of these tamil diaspora organizations is only to tarnish SL's name. They are not interested in the truth.

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:24 PM

    How many of those listed as missing are living abroad? Already a few have been caught in Malaysia

    SLL Tuesday, 12 August 2014 01:08 PM

    Rayappu Joshep is a ltte member you runs a misinformation campaign. Malcom Ranjith should stop this terrorist and clean his own house instead of issuing directives to the government on how to govern

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