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Last updated: 24 September, 2009 - Published 17:18 GMT
 
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Detainee 'seriously injured' AI
 
The international human rights group, Amnesty International, says a detainee from what it says is an unofficial detention centre in Sri Lanka has been seriously injured after clashes broke out between the army and people being held there.

IDP cmps in Vavunia

The detainee, Sri Chandramorgan from Kanahapuram, Kilinochchi, is the first Internally Displaced Person (IDP) to be injured in a clash with authorities since the government established camps for those who fled the Vanni during the last stages of the war between Sri Lankan forces and the Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lankan military authorities denied that an IDP has been injured in a clash.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told BBC Sandeshaya that it was a case of a missing IDP "later found to be in the hospital".

Illegal re-entry

However, police say that Chandramorgan was injured in a scuffle with the police.

 detainees are held in locations that are not officially acknowledged places of detention and lack proper legal procedures and safeguards
 
Amnesty International

"A person from the camp was injured when police tried to arrest him while trying to re-enter in an illegal manner after going out," Deputy Inspector General Nimal Mediwaka told BBC Sandeshaya.

Amnesty says the injured man, was initially thought to have been killed while trying to escape from the centre. The rumour reportedly sparked unrest at the camp, and the road to the site was closed.

Irregular detention

Detention centres such as the Poonthottam Teachers Training College are irregular places of detention, says the human rights watchdog.

 A person from the camp was injured when police tried to arrest him while trying to re-enter in an illegal manner after going out
 
Police spokesman

Sri Lankan military says that there are no unofficial detention centres.

"This is an IDP welfare centre," said Brigadier Nanyakkara.

Amnesty says that an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 individuals suspected of ties to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or Tamil Tigers) have been detained in what it calls irregular detention facilities operated by the Sri Lankan security forces and affiliated paramilitary groups.

"The danger of serious human rights violations, including torture, enforced disappearances and extra judicial killings increases substantially when detainees are held in locations that are not officially acknowledged places of detention and lack proper legal procedures and safeguards", said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's Asia Director.

TNA meets Basil

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) say they were informed by the government that the youth tried to escape.

Parliamentarian Mavai Senadhirajah told BBC Tamil Service that TNA MPs informed the president's senior advisor Basil Rajapaksa that conditions in the camp will lead to these types of escapes.

"It is high time that the inmates are freed to go to their respective places," he added.

 
 
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