Army chief denies claims exLTTE cadres injected with poison

Army commander Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva today denied claims that former LTTE cadres who were rehabilitated after the war had been injected with poison.The commander insisted there was no evidence to back the claims and so the claims were baseless. The Government had said earlier it is prepared to investigate the allegations that former LTTE cadres were injected with poison if the details of such former LTTE cadres is submitted to the relevant authorities.Minister of National Dialogue Mano Ganeshan said this week that there is no need for Wigneswaran to take the issue to the international community as it can be investigated locally. (Colombo Gazette) The issue was later discussed at the Northern Provincial Council and Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran was to meet Prime Minister Ranul Wickremeinghe to discuss the issue. Wigneswaran is also reported to have sought US assistance to investigate the issue but the US had turned down the request.The Northern Province Chief Minister said that he has advised doctors in the North to look into the issue and submit a report. A former LTTE cadre was reported to have made the allegation that several former LTTE cadres were injected with poison before being released into society after being rehabilitated.