The North East Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR) has expressed concerns over the treatment meted out to three young female victims of the aerial bombing in Mullaitivu, after they were brought to Kandy for medical treatment.
?The consequential misery that three of those injured students have been subjected to in the hands of the Sri Lankan Intelligence officials, dictates that all human rights lovers intervene in this matter and cause redress and justice to these victims of State terrorism,? NESOHR Chairman Rev. Fr. M.X. Karunaratnam said in a statement.
The three victims, Ms. Sripathy Kasthuri, Ms. Balasingham Sumithra and Ms. Thambimuttu Thayalini, who the Government claims are LTTE cadres, were transferred to Kandy for specialized treatment, with the assistance of the ICRC.
On arrival at the Kandy medical facility, these students were said to have been placed under police custody, under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and removed to an undisclosed location for interrogation, NESOHR said.
Ms. Sumithra is said to have been taken away from Kandy and is now under the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Colombo, while Ms. Thayalini and Ms. Kasthuri were sent back to the Vavuniya hospital, where the former died.
According to NESOHR, the post mortem inquiry at Vthe avuniya District hospital, revealed that the student died due to medical negligence while in Kandy and that on a judicial order, the body has now been sent to Colombo for further investigations.
NESOHR says the mitigating circumstances that surround the episode and experience with the governmental tampering of evidence to concoct `prima facie` prosecution, necessitates immediate international investigation of these cases.