L)Government efforts to usurp functions of Grama Sevaka through the use of a Special Service Force;2)Structure, qualifications, activities of Special Service Force;3)links between Special Service Force and Green Tigers [LKA4535]

l) No information is currently available to the IRBDC on this topic.

2) No information is currently available to the IRBDC on a "Special Service Force".

3) As per your telephone conversation with the research officer, please find attached a series of articles which mention the activities of the Green Tigers.


Mark Fineman, "Death Squads Tear at Fabric of Sri Lanka", The Los Angeles Times, 29 October 1989, A1.

"Sri Lanka to Investigate Vigilante Death Squads", Reuters, Sunday 15 October 1989, AM Cycle.

Jose Katigbak, "Black Cats and Green Tigers Intensify Sri Lankan Violence", Reuters, Tuesday 19 September 1989, BC Cycle.

Dalton de Silva, "People Watch Bodies Floating Down Rivers in Sri Lanka", Reuters, Saturday 2 September 1989, BC Cycle.

Roger May, "Burning Bodies and Goon Squads Stalk Terrified Sri Lanka", Reuters, Thursday 31 August 1989, BC Cycle.

Dalton da Silva, "Bomb Blasts at Sri Lankan Election Rally21 Injured", Reuters, Friday 16 December 1988, AM Cycle.

Kunda Dixit, "Sri Lanka: Added Security As Top Cop is Killed", InterPress, Wednesday 2 December 1987.

Marilyn Odchimar, "Gunman Shoots Dead Senior Sri Lanka Police Investigator", Reuters, Wednesday 2 December 1987, PM Cycle.

International Alert, Political Killings in Southern Sri Lanka, (London: International Alert Publications, 1989), part four, p. 11.