Army fired indiscriminately into Tamil village says Amnesty

Place: Pulmodai | Courtesy: Amnesty
| Date: 19950506

"Five Muslim civilians, including a 2 year old child, 1 10 year old child, a 23 year old woman, a 56 year old man and a 70 year old woman, were killed when members of the army stationed at Pulmodai retaliated against local civilians on 6 May 1995. A local member of parliament alleges that the retaliation occurred several hours after an attack by the LTTE during the night on a sentry point at Arafath Nagar, Pulmodai. In the LTTE attack, 5 soldiers were killed. According to a statement issued by the operational headquarters of the Ministry of Defence in Colombo, quoted in the Island newspaper of 8 May 1995, four civilians had been 'caught in the crossfire'.

However according to Amnesty International's information, the army fired indiscriminately from their camp into the village killing four civilians and wounding several others. One of the wounded, the 10 year old boy, later died of his injuries in hospital

"In a letter of 15 May 1995, Amnesty International appealed to President Chandrika Kumaratunga to investigate several reports of extra judicial executions that had been brought to its notice.... The killings brought to the President's notice... are all killings that appear to be deliberate killings of defenceless people whether they are civilians or alleged members of the LTTE who have been taken into custody or surrendered and offered no resistance. At the time of writing Amnesty International had not received a response to its appeal." (Amnesty International Report ASA 37/10/95, June 1995)