Approximately 800 former combatants have come forward to allow themselves to be tested by the Government following allegations of poisoning during rehabilitation.
Spokesperson for Crusaders for Democracy, Thulasi told Nation that the recent allegation of former cadres being injected with poisonous substance while being rehabilitated should be probed thoroughly.

Crusaders for Democracy is a political outfit whose membership includes approximately 2,200 former LTTE cadres who were reintegrated into the society after rehabilitation.

Recent reports said that 107 former combatants had died under suspicious circumstances. The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) also urged for a probe into the matter.

“We are not accusing anyone or confirming that they were poisoned. But we need to get to the bottom of this issue and see whether anything of this sort had happened resulting in these deaths,” Thulasi said.

Health Minister and Cabinet co-spokesperson, Dr. Rajitha Seneratne told reporters last week that the government would launch investigations into the matter.

Meanwhile, officials at the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Affairs however denied the allegations saying that those who were ill were sent to the regional hospitals and were not treated in camp premises during rehabilitation.

In addition, the officials pointed out that 12 deaths of former combatants had been reported so far out of which only four had died due to cancer while others had passed away due to natural causes.