Army fire kills woman

Place: Eravur | Courtesy: TamilNet
| Date: 19990607

A young woman was killed instantly when the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers at a sentry post at Morakkoddanchenai SLA camp fired indiscriminately yesterday evening around 5.30 p.m. said residents.

The body of Vigneswary Kanthasamy,23, was later taken to the Eravur hospital in a SLA vehicle.

SLA officials said she was killed by accidental fire from soldiers manning the sentry point, and have offered to pay for VigneswaryĆ­s funeral.

However, local residents said the soldiers deliberately fired several shots from the sentry post.

Vigneswary's family lives in a hut 200 metres from the sentry point. She was killed while she was inside the hut.

Residents said her brother, Velnayakam Kanthasamy, had also been shot dead by Sri Lanka Army soldiers in 1990. The soldiers had put his body in a hut and burnt it, they added.

Only one of the three children is alive now they said, adding that her father struggles to survive by looking for odd jobs on a daily basis.


Protest over woman's killing

Protest over woman's killing


A human rights group in Batticaloa has appealed to the Defense Ministry Secretary and the Anti-Harassment Committee appointed by the President, to take immediate steps to remove the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camps from populated areas in the district.

The Secretary of the organisation called 'Protect Human Rights Batticaloa' in a letter to the Secretary of the Anti-Harassment Committee and the Defense Secretary sent today has cited the incident, took place on Sunday at Murakoddanchchenai where a Tamil young woman Kandiah Vigneswary had been killed due to indiscriminate firing by an army captain.


"On the day of incident an army captain was testing new weapons received by his camp. He did not think of the villagers living near the camp. Our organisation vehemently condemns the irresponsible act of the army captain," the letter said.


"All those responsible in this crime should be dealt with severely. Action should be taken by the authorities concerned not to repeat this type of incident" said Mr. Kanaha Namanathan, Secretary of the" Protect Human Rights Batticaloa"in his letter.