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How and why the army fired on IDP's at Menik Farm

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

September 26th 2009 saw an altercation erupting between Internally displaced persons (IDP) "detained" at the Menik Farm IDP camp at Chettikulam and members of the Sri Lanka Army deployed in the area.

While the defence ministry spokesperson Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara and the media center for national security (MCNS) have provided "official" versions of what had supposedly happened independent probing by this writer reveals that the official story is rather inaccurate on key areas. Neither does it provide a clear picture of what had happened.

There was no "escape" attempt by a group of IDP's as stated by official sources and picked up by sections of the media. It is also incorrect that there was an attempt by the IDP's to throw a hand grenade at the soldiers. [click here to read the article in full ~]

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