Monday, June 1, 2009

Mystery shrouds presence of British woman in Tiger territory

B. Muralidhar Reddy

(TH)MANIK FARM COMPLEX (Vavuniya): A British woman citizen, Damilvany Gnanakumar, – known as Vani – being questioned by the Sri Lankan authorities after she fled along with the last batch of civilians from the LTTE’s clutches has raised two vital questions. How did she land in the island nation and how did she stay on in the Tiger-controlled territory for nearly 15 months?

Ms. Vani, presumably in her 20s, was among the last batch of 80,000 civilians to flee from the Tiger territory and is said to have told the Sri Lankan authorities that she was ‘working’ at a make-shift hospital there. Full text