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Last updated: 23 May, 2006 - Published 16:33 GMT
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Refugees continue to flee
Two hundred and thirty four refugees have arrived in Rameshwaran from Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

With this the total number of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who arrived in India since last January has increased to one thousand five hundred and forty one.

Public Relation Officer of the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OFER), Mohan Sundarapandian said that most of the refugees who came on Tuesday were from Trincomalee.

The refugees have said that they fled the country as they were helpless without security.

They have also said that there was no security in Trincomalee, no rule and and nobody to give protection.

The refugees have first fled Trincomalee to the Mannar area from where they came by boats to Rameshwaran paying around Rs.10, 000.

Sunderapandian said that authorities do not allow the refugees to go out from the camps and confined to the camps due to security reasons.

Refuting reports of fleeing refugees, head of the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat, Dr.Palitha Kohona called the reports malicious propaganda.

"Trincomalee and Mannar are at two different ends of the country and there is government controlled line between the two", he said.

When told that the District Collector in Ramanadapuram in Tamilnadu has confirmed the story, Dr.Kohona said that this was incredible and difficult to believe.

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