Lanka News Web has obtained exclusive photos which clearly show men with hands tied behind their back being taken by armed men in military uniform. As the uniformed men can clearly be identifiable in these photographs and others which haven`t been published, Rights Groups are to demand the government to act to maintain credibility. They say the government should get their Army Commander to verify whether these are serving soldiers and conduct a transparent inquiry to find out what happened to these men who appear to be Tamils who have surrendered to the Army on 18 May 2009 early morning.
Tamil Groups are requesting their community to identify the men in the photo whose hands are tied. They want relatives to contact them.
Global Tamil Forum has stated that that they have many more photos which will likely to implicate many senior and some serving military officers.
One senior GTF source told our correspondent that `the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister who is on an official visit to London has apparently faltly rejected these photographs as fake to the BBC and in his speech at the IISS. I wonder how he can do that, when he hadn`t even have access to them as yet? That shows blatant disregard to general governance and rule of law`
Observers believe that these mounting evidence will make it impossible for the government to resist international call for an international investigation into alleged war crimes.
A senior source from the Indian establishment told our correspondent in confidence that it is just a matter of time before the regime in Sri Lanka has to give into the demand.
Our correspondent believes that this latest evidence and the fact that there are more photos with officers clearly identified will send shivers in the ranks and some officers might even seek early retirement. We understand that one officer of colonel rank, two majors and many other officers could be involved in any such inquiry due to these photos being made available.
Although Global Tamil Forum has clearly stated that these photos have not been authenticated, the details on the properties of the photos and the actual photos themselves appear to be originals.