Civilians massacre in Trinco

Place: Trincomalee | Courtesy: TamilNet
| Date: 20001004

Reports are emerging from Eastern Trincomalee about a massacre of seven Tamil civilians, including a woman by members of Home Guards, a militia group operating with the Sri Lankan security forces, at Poomaraththadichenai, a remote hamlet in Mutur, on Monday evening.

Sources said the farmers who were working in a paddy-field were abducted and hacked to death by Sinhala Home Guards. Initial reports said they were shot dead at the paddy-field.

Villagers contacted by TamilNet sources said the militiamen were retaliating to an attack by suspected members of the Liberation Tigers at Seruvilla on Monday morning in which a number of their colleagues were killed.

The victims were identified as:
Nallathamby Arulanantham,17
C.Nallathamby,57
T.Kalirasa,35
V.Somasunderam,56
T.Kanakaratnam,57
S.Rasan,37
Krishnapillai Thayaoathy,32 (woman)

In a separate incident a Tamil youth was shot and killed by Sri Lanka Army soldiers at Siththandymadu Aaru, 25 km north west off Batticaloa town around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Nallretnam Nallarasa was working in a paddy field when soldiers lying in ambush opened fire, killing him on the spot said sources.

The youth's body was recovered by his relatives. The body will be handed to Chenkaladi hospital Thursday for a post-mortem, the sources said.


Impartial inquiry into civilian massacre - TULF

[TamilNet, October 05, 2000 19:05 GMT]

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has appealed to the Defense Secretary to hold an impartial inquiry into the killings of seven Tamil civilians, including a woman at Poonagar in the Ichchilampathai division of the Muttur area, south of Trincomalee, on Monday.

TULF's Secretary General Mr.R.Sampanthan, in a letter faxed to the Defense Ministry Secretary on Thursday has stated that this attack on Tamil civilians was carried out either by security personnel attached to Mahindapura army camp or by the Sinhala home guards functioning in the area.

"This attack on civilians is unwarranted and intended to intimidate Tamil civilians living in Ichchilampathai AGA division about 4000 of whom are voters at the forthcoming general election. These voters will have to come to vote at Mahindapura, travelling several miles from the Ichchilampathai AGA division wherein they reside," states Mr.Sampanthan in his letter.

"I am also informed that the body of the female was mutilated" Mr.Sampanthan said.

Mr.R.Sampanthan further states that it is imperative that stern action is taken against those responsible for the massacre of innocent Tamil civilians. It is also necessary that action be taken to ensure that the people of Ichchilampathai are assured that they will not be harmed and that they be given adequate protection, he said.

Villagers contacted by TamilNet sources said that the farmers were killed in retaliation for an attack by suspected members of the Liberation Tigers at Seruvilla on Monday morning in which two of their colleagues were killed.

Poonagar is a remote village in the Ichchilampathai division in the boarder with Mahindapura. Mahindapura is a new Sinhala settlement in the Seruvila division.