Fishermen massacred by gunships - 24 killed

Place: Mandur, Batticaloa | Courtesy: Citizens Committee
| Date: 19851127

Sri Lankan security forces cordoned off the coastal village of Mandur in Batticaloa on 27 November 1985. The search operation, in which armour, helicopter gunships and an unspecified number of troops were used, left 24 Tamil fishermen shot dead and many more missing.

Nineteen bodies, which had been washed ashore, were identified and cremated with inquests. Among the dead were civilians who were fleeing Mandur by boats to Kurumanceli, another coastal village.

A watching air force helicopter hovering in the area strafed the civilians killing several instantly.

A large number of Tamil civilians ‘disappeared’ during the operation.