12:45 AM

Twenty Tamil civilians seek Government Protection

Twenty Tamil civilians belonging to five families, fleeing LTTE-controlled areas by a boat, sought the government protection at Pallimunai and Pesalai in Mannar yesterday (11th March 2008).

In one incident, two Tamil families consisting eight (08) persons sought refuge of the government security forces at the Pallimunai Fishing Marshalling Point jointly manned by the Sri Lanka Navy and the Police, yesterday morning around 7.30 a.m.

They had fled LTTE-dominated Vedithaltievu in two "Wallams" (locally made fishing craft) yesterday (10th March 2008) around 9.30 p.m. One Wallam had been fitted with an 8 Horse Power Out Board Motor (OBM) and the other Wallam had been on tow, tied to it. The Wallam which was on tow did not have an engine; yet it had four persons on board.

One family consists of a father of 28, a mother of 27 and two daughters aged 4 and 2. The other family consists of four persons with a father of 26, a mother of 22 and two daughters aged 3 years and just 2 months. The heads of the families are fishermen by profession and one had not forgotten to sneak his precious motor cycle too on board his wallam though it added additional weight slowing down their escapade.