town of Vavuniya is a bustling centre of business activity. Products from the
farms and fields in the hinterland are brought to the market town.
Agricultural fertiliser, fuel for farm tractors and vehicles are purchased
here. Persons so engaged bring sizeable amount of money with them. Their
disappearances take on the character of robbery of money as well. Many
instances have been reported of the disappearances of person
the Vavuniya District it is to be noted that the Security Forces and the
terrorist forces vied for control. The jungle cover provided enough haven for
the terrorists to base their camps and indulge in sporadic forays on the Army
Camp and the civilian town ships. Towards Army Camps they adopted the twin
strategies of surprise attacks and out numbering the personnel in the camps.
This has resulted in quite a few personnel losing their lives or missing in
action as in Kokavil, and later on a big scale at Pooneryn.
a result of these disturbed conditions large number of people moved out of the
country through points in the Mannar coast towards South India. The owners of
the boat saw in this situation, a lucrative means of earning money.
Individuals and families started leaving in large groups. Some of them did not
succeed in their endeavour to reach a safe haven. They were stopped by the Sri
Lanka Navy in mid sea and brought back to the country. The Naval authorities
did not take kindly to the boat crews who operated this human traffic. A large
number of them were detained on their return and were not heard of thereafter.
the Vanni region itself, which comprised of Maduhu, Pavatkulam., Nanattan,
Puliyankulam, Omantai and Viswamadu, there has been a proliferation of refugee
camps and check points. The Security Forces have made arrests among the
persons who sought refuge in these camps. At checkpoints, persons have been
detained and lost without trace. People who have disappeared in this manner
have been listed in the Annexure AA. The Thandikulam checkpoint, which was the
northern most security point, has been the venue of several arrests of persons
trying to go north or returning from the north. The persons so arrested and
disappeared have been listed in Annexure BB.