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Sri Lanka police Wednesday arrested a senior civil servant on a charge of siphoning off tsunami aid meant for thousands of survivors in the island’s devastated north-east, police said. Sri Lanka police Wednesday arrested a senior civil servant on a charge of siphoning off tsunami aid meant for thousands of survivors in the island’s devastated north-east, police said. A commissioner in the district office of Trincomalee was arrested in connection with the “disappearance” of 12 Indian-gifted electricity generators meant to be used by survivors of the December 26 tsunamis, police said.

The man’s identity was not given, but police said he was the highest ranking officer taken in to custody in connection with misappropriating tsunami relief aid.

“We found that some of the foreign aid had disappeared,” a police official in Trincomalee, 260 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of here, said by telephone. “We believe some officers were helping themselves to the supplies.”

The latest arrest came as hundreds of minority Tamils staged a noisy protest in the adjoining district of Batticaloa accusing local officials of discrimination in the distribution of aid.

Residents said tsunam