Bar Road massacre

Place: Batticaloa town | Courtesy: Citizens Committee
| Date: 19851116

Sri Lankan police commandos of the Special Task Force arrived at Bar road in Batticaloa, shortly after a Tamil guerrilla attack killed four policemen there. In retaliation, the STF shot dead nine Tamil civilians and then looted and burned 15 shops, including the timber yard and several houses.

The Committee for the Monitoring Cessation of Hostilities (CMCH), appointed by the government was in Batticaloa and was able to hear evidence form the security forces and the civilians and visit the scene of the incidence.

The security forces claimed that the civilians had died in the cross-fire between the Tamil guerrillas and the forces.

However, having heard eye witness accounts and medical evidence (all the victims had dies of a single bullet wounds to the chest), the CMCH concluded that the victims did not die in a cross-fire and that "from all the circumstances, the committee is left with no doubt that members of the security forces were responsible for the burning of the houses along Bar Road that day"

So far, the Sri Lankan government has so far not given any indication that those responsible for the these murders and arson would be prosecuted nor investigated.

The STF had carried out a similar massacre at Batticaloa s Lake road three days previously.

Name of those killed:

Names of Killed: Post-mortem details
B M Thangarajah:

Retired jail guard, 77 years, of 48 Pakiam Lane, Periyappodai, 1/2"x1/2" middle part of left side of chest.

S Thiagarajah:

Grama Sevaka, 38 years, of Thimilativu, 1/2"x1/2" middle part of left side of chest.

S Wimalaratnam:

Watcher, 31 years, of Iruthayapuram, 1"x1" on middle part of left side of chest.

S Vellayan: Clerk, Peoples' Bank, 45 years, of 374 Bar Road, Batticaloa, 1/2"x1/2" middle of right side of head, 4"x1/2"
S Muniandy:

Sanitary Labourer, 30 years, of Boundary Road, Batticaloa. 1/2"x1/2" middle of left side of chest.

S Mahalingam:

Assistant teacher, 26 years, of 50/1 Boundary Road Batticaloa. 1/2"x1/2" middle of left side of chest.

K Shanmugam:

Labourer, 28 years of Palameenmadu. 1/2"x1/2" middle of left side of chest.

T Yogarajah: Labourer, 32 years, of Urani, 1/2"x1/2" left Italic fessa.