Sri Lankan refugee reported missing in Tamil Nadu

16nov_RNJWSHI-L_MA_2623284fA Sri Lankan refugee has been reported missing in Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu, The Hindu newspaper reported.

The wife of the refugee has been running from pillar to post for about a month, seeking to trace her husband after he went missing while fishing in the Pamban area in Ramanathapuram, India along with his friends.

S. Pushparani (34), who arrived in Ramanathapuram as a refugee in 1990 and is living in the Nagiampatti refugee camp in Salem, said that her husband Sivabaran (40) who frequently visited Pamban for fishing with his local friends, left for Pamban on September 24 and went missing on October 10.

Her efforts to get police assistance in tracing him went in vain as Pamban police refused to accept her complaint, stating that Sivabaran was last seen with his friends at Pamban rail bridge and she should approach the railway police.

With her son Yuvaraj Kumar, a painter, she visited Rameswaram railway station to meet the railway police officials but they too turned her away, she said.

Finally, she presented a petition to Collector K. Nanthakumar during the public grievance day here on Monday, and sought his intervention to trace her husband. She wanted the Collector to direct the police to question her husband’s three friends to know his whereabouts.

When they were living in Mandapam refugee camp, her husband, who had also arrived in 1990, was friendly with Bakiaraj, Mujbur Rahman and Robert, all from Pamban area.Sivabaran was fishing using hooks along with them before going missing, she said.

Sivabaran spoke to her from Rahman’s mobile phone on October 6 and four days later, Rahman called her to say that her husband was missing.

The trio gave contradictory answers when she enquired with them about her husband, she said. Pushparani, who hailed from Vavuniya, arrived here as a nine-year-old girl and stayed in Mandapam refugee camp till 2001 when she married Sivabaran.

They were later shifted to Salem camp, she added.