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Dr V Shanmugarajah, who served in the battle zones during the last stages of the war, said today that the LTTE had forced him to exaggerate the number of civilian casualties.

He was giving evidence before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) at the BMICH today.

Dr Shanmugarajah gave high casualty figures to aid agencies and the media from within the combat zone during the last stages of the war. (NH)

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  • DXB Friday, 19 November 2010 12:26 PM

    Doctors profession has gone to Dogs status .....It was read Dogs (Docs) Protest

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Friday, 19 November 2010 12:30 PM

    Mr.Dr . 'Under pressure'

    Ane Anichchan Friday, 19 November 2010 12:32 PM

    Just to be in good books of the LTTE he misled the whole world by discreting our valiant forces.

    dhana Friday, 19 November 2010 12:35 PM

    He deceived the entire humanity and the effects of exagerated & misleading information did not reap results yet. What a sad situation!!!
    Shame on you!!!

    Saleem Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:24 PM

    Is this doctor a freeman now or does he toe the government line now as he says he did then while in LTTE area? If he is allowed to leave the country let him come out and say the truth as he saw.

    sltk2004 Friday, 19 November 2010 12:48 PM

    If you're also threatened with death, wouldn't you also do the same?

    cholan Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:39 PM

    More than 100000 Tamil civilians were killed by government forces at that time.,with evidences

    modaya Friday, 19 November 2010 08:13 PM

    carrlos sri lanka is good for mr familly and mervin silva all thugs.

    billy Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:52 PM

    if he is saying what govt wants, then he should be telling that no civilian was injured, isnt it

    pd Friday, 19 November 2010 08:43 PM

    THE TRUTH IS OUT. LTTE SUPPORTING TAMILS NOW FIND SOME EXCUSE!

    TOUGH KID Friday, 19 November 2010 01:08 PM

    I think now the DR is lieing

    gamed1956 Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:10 PM

    What about the thousands of innocent Sinhalese and Muslims who dies under Pirabaharan's blasts ? Are you awake ??

    Anushka Friday, 19 November 2010 01:12 PM

    Wasn't it obvious all along?

    Chands Friday, 19 November 2010 09:37 PM

    Is it a surprise? Probably NOT!

    pusa Friday, 19 November 2010 01:39 PM

    You are forced to exagerate what you are telling now, because of the same reason. Finally it is your life you have to save. I don't blame you, nither with LTTE nor with GoSL

    obama laden Friday, 19 November 2010 01:41 PM

    Yes. we believe it.

    local boy Friday, 19 November 2010 01:44 PM

    this is call extreme jealousy about doctors .can't help mate

    chris abey Friday, 19 November 2010 01:45 PM

    Ofcourse he will not be telling the truth.wasnt this the guy who as arrested?Under pressure indeed.

    Smart Aleck Friday, 19 November 2010 11:56 PM

    This medico will be ideal to become a good Sri Lankan politikka.

    a voter Friday, 19 November 2010 01:53 PM

    then and now

    wajuBiils Saturday, 20 November 2010 07:32 PM

    how about the sinhales killed??? are you an ltte supporter?

    Lancelot Saturday, 20 November 2010 07:33 PM

    We all knew what he was doing. Unfortunately foreign news organizations and NGOs took his word as gospel truth. Enormous damage was done to the reputation of the country and the armed forces. Sadly, there is no way to undo the damage now even after he admitted that he lied.

    Prema Saturday, 20 November 2010 07:49 PM

    Civilians are bound to be killed in a war situation as its happening now is Pakistan and Afghanistan (Drone attacks), and as happened in Ghaza and Iraq. No government or an organization has accepted responsibility upto now in any of those conflict situations. Has the US and the NATO accepted responsibility? or Israel for the massacres in Ghaza?

    These are unfortunate situations and bound to happen and you can't do anything about it,

    thaminda Friday, 19 November 2010 01:54 PM

    Dr want us to believe him now????

    MagodisThuma Friday, 19 November 2010 01:57 PM

    What else he could do at the gunpoint ?.

    kumar Friday, 19 November 2010 02:03 PM

    Is he saying the truth now?!

    Ibnu Batuta Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:12 AM

    "All is fair in love & war" it is said.
    Are we to believe all what the gov media said were Gospel truth...?

    Punchi Putha Friday, 19 November 2010 02:23 PM

    His Master's Voice!

    zorro Friday, 19 November 2010 02:27 PM

    can someone neutral cross check his statements? I mean a real neutral person or a committee?

    Kelby Friday, 19 November 2010 02:40 PM

    Yes...Dr. is lying out of fear and for his wellbeing. Total intermediation.

    SL Friday, 19 November 2010 02:44 PM

    Wasn't he under pressure to lie for the LTTE?

    Soba Friday, 19 November 2010 02:59 PM

    A MBBS Graduate becomes a Dr. Only if he has a
    Phd. 90% of so called MBBS qualified people are Mr. though they use Dr. In other countries they go as Mr. till they get the doctorate.

    jamaldeen Sunday, 21 November 2010 04:40 AM

    dear prema,
    relax, because it is not your kith or kin who died in the war.

    maliiga Sunday, 21 November 2010 05:56 AM

    Yes he was lieing under LTTE but can you all guys go and stand still when amy unload a lots of crckers above you and see if the doctor was right or wrong.

    TOUGH KID Friday, 19 November 2010 03:34 PM

    Soba,is this the problem now.come on stick to the topic.

    dam Friday, 19 November 2010 03:43 PM

    Yes,he was under pressure under the LTTE ?Did you mean it?

    Man B Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:57 AM

    yes Dr. There is no human casualties in the battle zone

    Ravi Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:24 AM

    Yes, when he was with LTTE he told what they wanted him to say. Now he is telling what government wants to say. Does he have an option?

    DHA Friday, 19 November 2010 04:02 PM

    The saddest part the is most so called educated foreign society believed these crabs......

    gUL fERNANDO Saturday, 20 November 2010 10:07 AM

    DXB for your theory UNP first country secound. you want the Dr to say "yes army has killed all the civilins there". For political gain, shame of you

    nala3 Friday, 19 November 2010 04:36 PM

    The winner is the one who used morel force on you Dr!

    believeit ornot Friday, 19 November 2010 04:49 PM

    The one who lied under pressure from LTTE would lie under pressure from Govt. too. Yes or not?

    selva Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:29 AM

    It is true that Dr. bloated the figure.I wont believe that the Dr. did it under LTTE pressure alone.Like TNA, enjoyed honey moon with the tigers even after their leaders were brutally murdered by tigers some doctors also supported the tigers.Now terrorism has completely been eradicated.Before the doctors were getting salary from the government and served for LTTE.It is true that they couldnt speak against LTTE.My concern is about THE FAMOUS BBC.Did the BBC,especially Tamil service confirm the figures?.Doesnt the BBC have a responsibility to confirm the news.

    carrlos Friday, 19 November 2010 05:39 PM

    Government does nopt wawnt to accept the fact that many Tamils were killed. What has the government done for these innocent Tamill people killed in the war?


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