Following the weekend break-in at the Scarborough headquarters of a Tamil organization, concerns have somewhat diminished about the stolen identities of refugees.

It was originally feared that hundreds of names of the 492 Tamils taken off the MV Sun Sea last month and currently in British Columbia facilities awaiting a decision on their future were on a stolen computer.

The Canadian Tamil Congress said no more than a couple of dozen names were on it.

“But it doesn’t matter if there was one name or more than 300,” said David Poopalapillai, national spokesperson for the CTC. “Even if one name was taken, intimidation can happen. It was either a hate crime or the Sri Lankan government. It’s an attempt at intimidation.”

Poopalapillai alleges the Sri Lankan government may be trying to get the names of the Tamil migrants because they could be witnesses to atrocities carried out by the government during the 30-year civil war that ravaged the country.

“It is ridiculous to even come up with such a suggestion,” said Chitranganee Wagiswara, Sri Lanka’s high commissioner in Ottawa, responding to the allegation by the CTC.