Kathiravelu Sathyawan,a 18 year old school boy attending Janadhipathi Vidayala,Kataragama, residing at No.108,Gothami Gama,Katharagama. has been taken away in a white colour van .
On the 1st of May 2008, when Kathiravelu Sathywan,was at a funeral house,some unknown persons had come to the funeral house in a white colour van and a red colour motor cycle and had taken Kathiravelu by force. Some of Kathiravelu’s friends had seen this..
Prior to this incident,on several occasions, about four or five times a month ,some unknown persons identifying themselves as members of the Intelligence service, had come to Kathiravelu’s house and had been querying so many things, thus making this boy uncomfortable. Last time they visited was on the 10th of April on a red colour motor cycle That day they had asked Kathiravelu so many questions and had taken Kathirvelu’s hand phone number too. On that occasion Kathiravelu supposed to have said that “Sir, the way you all are acting even the innocent people are being treated as LTTE members” The parents suspect that Kathiravelu had been taken due to this remark.
Kathiravelu’s parents had gone to Kataragam a Police Station,several times, to make a complaint, but the Police had refused to take down an entry, instead had given some silly excuses. At last on the 5th of May Police had taken down a short entry.
Again on the 9th of May the Principal of Janadhipathi Vidayala had informed Kathiravelu’s parents that two persons from the intelligence service had come to the School and had querried about Kathiravelu.
Kathiravelu after his school hours used to sell ornaments near the Kataragama Temple,with some of his friends. The intelligence officers had gone to that place too and had inquired about Kathiravelu from one Mrs.Lilee, and had asked her whether Kahiravelu had any LTTE connections . She had told them that she was not aware of anything like that,but he is a very good boy. Those Officers had got annoyed and had threatened her saying that they would take her too to the place where they burnt Kathiravelu.
Kathiravelu’s parent are born and bread at Kataragama. Even though they are tamils they can hardly speak tamil. Kathiravelu cannot speak tamil and all his friends are sinhales.