|Muslim homeguards are vicious and terrible
they are sometimes much worse than the Sinhalese
THOUSANDS OF TAMILS
EXTRA JUDICIALLY EXECUTED - 1990
'During 1990 thousands were extra judicially executed' - Amnesty Report
''(During 1990)Thousands of people disappeared or were extra judicially executed in the north-east many were tortured and then killed in custody. An unknown number of others were detained in the area... Government forces in the northeast were reported to have extra judicially executed thousands of defenceless civilians in areas they had regained... Victims were reportedly shot, bayoneted, stabbed or hacked to death some were said by witnesses to have been burned alive.
In eastern areas, besides helping the army round up suspects, Muslim Home Guards also reportedly committed extra judicial executions. Victims bodies were regularly left in the open. The identities of many remained unknown others, presumably killed in custody, were identified as people who had been detained by security forces days earlier. Some had been burned beyond recognition or mutilated.
In Amparai, where the Special Task Force, a police commando unit, was especially active, bodies - some without heads - began to be washed up on the beaches from September. In Amparai District alone at least 3,000 Tamil people were reportedly killed or disappeared between June and October.
In Batticaloa and Vavuniya Districts, as well as in other areas, widespread extra judicial executions were also reported after government troops moved in. Both the security forces and the government refused to acknowledge that many defenceless people had been deliberately killed
... Victims included babies and their mothers, children and elderly men and women. In Batticaloa town alone over 1,200 reportedly disappeared between June and October 1990.
Any person suspected of even minimal contact with the LTTE was at risk of detention, disappearance or extra judicial execution. Members of Tamil and Muslim armed groups which opposed the LTTE helped the security forces to identify LTTE suspects, and in some areas armed cadres of certain Tamil groups were deployed alongside government security forces' - Amnesty International Annual Report, 1991 for the period January to December 1990