The fate of three Tamil doctors from Sri lanka's No Fire Zone revealed

Dr. T. Varatharajah, Dr. T. Sathyamurthi, and Dr. V. Shanmugarajah were largely responsible for providing the international media with news from within Sri Lanka's conflict zone during the final weeks of battle.

Over the phone interviews were conducted by networks like Al Jazeera and CNN claiming to be talking directly with one of three named above.

On all occasions the doctors provided casualty figures and reported with some certainty that it was the Sri Lankan armed forces who were shelling hospitals inside the conflict zone.

Every report allegedly from these doctors were almost always one sided. Favouring the Tamil Tigers' stance of large scale casualties in order to broker a ceasefire to save their cornered leadership.

The video below was released by Tamil Tiger fronts claiming to be Dr. T. Varatharajah.





The government of Sri Lanka with the aid of unmanned aerial vehicles disproved the allegations. The Video below shows that certain hospitals which were claimed to have been hit remained standing with no signs of shelling [see video below].





Despite repeated assurances from the government, the media and other humanitarian organisations leaned towards reports that were sent out by the Tamil Tigers themselves.

The only cameras and satellite phones present inside the conflict zone belonged to the Tamil Tigers.

The Tigers also went to the extent of forging the health ministry letterheads to make it seem that the statements were sent out officially by Dr. T. Varatharajah.

The video below is of a press conference held by the Sri Lankan government when Gordon Weiss, the UN spokesman for Sri Lanka, lashed out at the Sri Lankan government describing the end days of the conflict as a 'bloodbath'.

Weiss' remarks and other claims of large scale civilian causalities in Sri Lanka all stem from sources similar to the above mentioned doctors, who were held inside Tamil Tiger controlled territory.

All statements to the press had the blessings of the Tamil Tiger leadership and was mainly favourable to the Tigers. And as such, barely resembled the true scenario.





Despite numerous attempts by Sri Lanka to prove that most of the photographs and video sent out to the media claiming hospitals were shelled were doctored, or staged, the international community chose to believe the Tigers' version of events.

Sri Lanka did not allow the international media into the conflict zone claiming it could not guarantee their safety.

The Sri Lankan government, however, had the Tigers boxed in, and allowing any journalist or 3rd party into this conflict zone would have opened up routes for the Tigers' senior leaders to escape. Giving them the opportunity to flee into the nearby jungles under the cover of the press and their vehicles.

The only access into the conflict zone was via the Red Cross ferry which would transport the injured out of the conflict zone. This essentially meant the Tigers were trapped till international intervention came in the form of overseas journalist in their Air Conditioned convoys, or a team of aid workers.

The Tigers needed a land route to smuggle out their leaders. In such desperate times it won't be unreasonable to assume that journalist themselves may have been used as a human shield to allow their leaders to flee.

Instead of seeing the events in Sri Lanka for what they are, the international media acted as a mouth piece for the terror group. With every report of civilian casualties the Tigers put more and more innocent lives at risk because their propaganda wasn't bringing required results.

Sri Lanka may not have shelled these areas after assurances were given they would not. But the world is convinced that tens and thousands died during the final days of the conflict.

Time Magazine, on it's website, has details of the the doctors' condition.

Time Magazine states that they would face court charges. Red Cross officials also have regular access to the detained doctors.

Sri Lankan officials have stated the detention of the doctors could be contested in Sri Lanka's supreme court.

Time
On May 20, officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had visited the doctors at a detention center, according to Monica Zanarelli, the ICRC's deputy head of operations for South Asia during a regular visit to detention sites. ICRC officials in Colombo said that the organization had access to the three doctors, but could not confirm whether officials had made any more visits since May 20. Samarasinghe said that the three were now being detained at the CID in the capital Colombo.

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