June 09, Colombo: The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka concluded its public sittings in the Eastern district of Batticaloa today.
During the four-day period it held hearings in the district, 195 people have made submissions and 216 new complaints have been registered.
The Commission also recorded evidence in relation to the Kurukkalmadam massacre where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) allegedly killed 163 Muslims in 1990s.
The Commission conducted sittings in the district from June 06 - 09, 2014. The sittings were held at the Kattankudy Divisional Secretariat June 6-7 and at the Manmunaipattu Divisional Secretariat June 8-9.
The Commission had previously conducted Public Sittings in January, February and March this year in Kilinochchi, and Jaffna. Following hearings in Batticaloa the public sittings will move on to Mullaitivu.
The Commission has received 13,605 complaints on missing civilians and 5,000 complaints on missing security personnel.
The Commission has so far inquired into 462 complaints, which are being analyzed for further investigations through an independent investigation team.
The Commission appointed by the President on 14 August 2013, is mandated to inquire into and report on alleged abductions or disappearances during the period June 10, 1990, to May 19, 2009.
The Commission recently launched an official website to provide information on its activities to the public. The site can be accessed at http://www.pcicmp.lk/.