June 11, Colombo: Retired senior police officers in Sri Lanka have asked the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons to investigate the execution of over 600 Sri Lankan police officers by the Tamil terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 1990 as the 24th anniversary of the massacre falls today.
Representatives of the Retired Senior Police Officers' Association last week met with the Chairman of the Commission Mr. Maxwell Paranagama and handed over a memorandum requesting the Commission to investigate matters regarding the murder of 600 police officers in the Eastern Province on June 11, 1990.
Over 600 police officers served in Batticaloa and Ampara police divisions in the Eastern Province surrendered to the LTTE under the orders of the then President R. Premadasa who had agreed to a ceasefire with the rebels. Shortly afterwards their surrender on June 11, 1990 the LTTE executed all the officers.
The comprehensive international investigation mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) into the war crimes by both sides of the war in Sri Lanka will cover only the last seven years of the three-decade long war excluding most of the atrocities committed by the LTTE.
The representatives of the Association requested the Chairman to inquire from the Police Department on several matters surrounding the 600 policemen who were killed by the LTTE in Ampara.
The Association questioned as to whether the murdered police officers have been duly honored by Posthumous Promotions, whether the payment of salaries have been made until the age of retirement, if the widows and orphans have received pensions provided to kith and kin of those who were killed, and if there are any other remaining compensation to be provided to the dependents of the slain officers.
The members of the Association also urged the Chairman to find out from the Inspector General of Police the results of the investigation referred to in the file containing reports by the Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as per Inquiry No. C403/92/CM & PA/IG/75/92 of March 5, 1992.
Mr. Paranagama assured the representatives that the Commission will take up the matter with the Police Department and provide answers to the questions raised by the Association.