Peruveli/Manalchenai refugee camp massacres - 44 killed

Place: Peruveli, Trincomalee | Courtesy: TIC
| Date: 19860716

At least 44 Tamil civilians, mostly refugees, were deliberately shot and killed when members of the security forces entered the villages of Peruveli and Manalchenai in the Trincomalee district during the early hours of 16 July 1986.

The majority of the victims were forcibly removed from the Peruveli refugee camp and shot dead.

An inquest was held by the magistrate of Muthur, Mr. Kathravetpillai, who returned a verdict of homicide. Within two hours of the verdict, all relevant papers were flown to Colombo by helicopter.

To date, there is no evidence to suggest that further action has been taken to investigate, identify and punish those responsible for this massacre.