"Chencholai camp" myth revealed
Three inmates at the so-called Chencholai 'orphanage'
as claimed by the LTTE, injured in the August 14 aerial bombing in
Mullaitivu and undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kandy, told Police
that it was not an orphanage as claimed by the LTTE but a Tiger camp
where hundreds of youth were given weapons training.
Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando told the
Daily News last night that the three girls undergoing treatment at the
hospital has given details to Police how they were abducted by the LTTE
and how they were given weapons training at this so-called orphanage as
claimed by the LTTE.
According to the IGP, the three females aged 20, 19
and 18 were Advanced Level students in schools in Mullaitivu and had
been forcibly recruited to the LTTE while studying at their schools.
"According to the youth they had been taken there by a
person called Maran and were given weapons training at the Chencholai
camp," the IGP said.
They had given statements to Police that they were
given weapons training at the Chencholai camp when it came under aerial
"These youth have told Police that the place was not
an orphanage," the IGP said.
training secession were conducted under the veil of an
According to the IGP one youth has already recovered
from her injuries and is under Police protection while the other two are
undergoing treatment at the hospital.
"The girls had been taken to the Vanni for treatment
under ICRC facilitation and later transferred to Kandy in need of
further medication," IGP Fernando added.
He said the girls have given all details about the
Chencholai camp and the names of the youth undergoing weapons training
along with them.
"Police are questioning the girls to get more details
of this camp and the location," the IGP added.
The LTTE media machinery tried to expose to the world
that Security Forces had bombed a girls' orphanage where hundreds of
school students from various schools in Killinochchi and Mullaitivu were
undergoing the 10 day first aid training programme.
The Government and Security Forces denied the LTTE's
claim and emphasised that it was a military training camp used by the
LTTE to train hundreds of youth and the target was taken after compiling
enough evidence to prove it was an LTTE military camp.
Courtesy: Daily News