LONDON- UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has destroyed around 195 files which also included documents related to relations between India and Sri Lanka during the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-led civil war.
Archivists and researchers have criticised the destruction of files, saying there is no longer any record of an important period of history.
Journalist and researcher Phil Miller was the first to discover the missing files as part of a freedom of information request.
“It appears that the Foreign Office’s action is designed to cover up the involvement of the SAS and MI5 in the training of Sri Lankan security forces that might be potentially embarrassing to Her Majesty’s government,” said Vairamuttu Varadakumar, founder of the Tamil Information Centre.
Any decision to destroy files and documents are taken based on UK's records policy, announced FCO.