Displaced persons living in IDP camps in the north have to pay a bribe of Rs. 250,000 to the army personnel to get themselves released from the camp and a payment of Rs. 500,000 could secure them an additional ride in an army vehicle to the boat where they would be able to flee the country, reliable sources told Lanka News Web
It is learnt that two persons from Tekkawatte, Vavuniya act as intermediaries in the transactions. Their role is said to be the collection of cash from relatives of the IDPs and hand it over to the state intelligence service (SIS) and army officers and to coordinate the release mechanism.
While many IDPs have always already made a get away from the camps through these means, the intelligence officers have begun to consider this situation to be a jackpot.