Batticaloa MP shot dead

Place: Batticaloa | Courtesy: TamilNet
| Date: 20001107

Mr.Aslie Nimalan Soundaranayagam (50), a Member of Parliament of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) was shot dead Tuesday at 6pm at Kiran in the eastern province while he was travelling on a motor cycle with one of his party supporters, said sources. Uniformed men were seen in the vicinity of the incident according to residents.

The shooting took place opposite the Co-operative Stores in Kiran, located 28 km north of Batticaloa town. He was returning to his house at Valaichenai at the time of incident. The supporter who was traveling with him was not hurt, sources said.

Residents took him to Eravur hospital 12 km away from Kiran. Hospital sources said Mr. SoundaranayagamÃs body is lying in the hospital.

Mr.Soundaranayagam, a retired principal, was elected MP for Batticaloa electorate during the Parliamentary polls on October 10 securing over 17,000 preferential votes. According to local residents, he was respected as a social worker.

In a separate incident, a former member of the EROS was shot dead by an unidentified gunman at Thiruperunthurai in Batticaloa around 8.15 p.m. Tuesday.

Namasivayam Sivanandan,29, alias Kiddu was shot dead at the entrance of his house. His body has been taken to Batticaloa hospital, said sources.


TULF condemns Soundaranayagam killing

[TamilNet, November 08, 2000 15:32 GMT]

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has condemned the killing of Batticaloa District Parliamentarian Nimalan Soundaranayagam as a "senseless murder" and appealed for an end to all violence, which they say only makes the search for a peaceful political solution to the Tamil question even more complex and difficult.

"The TULF makes a strong appeal for a thorough investigation, and also makes a fervent appeal to everyone who can provide valuable information to come up with such information," said a statement issued Wednesday by the Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front Mr.R.Sampanthan.

He has further stated that as an unarmed Tamil Party, the TULF has consistently been the victim of violence unleashed against it.

Excerpts from the statement are given below:

"The brutal slaying of Mr.Nimalan Soundaranayagam the newly elected Member of Parliament for the Batticaloa district has come as a rude shock to the TULF.

"If there is to be a peaceful resolution to the Tamil question, it is imperative that such senseless violence should come to an end. The killing of Mr.Soundaranayagam, less than a month after his election by the people as their representative in Parliament, makes a mockery of democracy. All people who value democracy should assist in the ascertainment of the truth. The long term interest of the people can be protected only by the truth being established.

"Mr.Soundararajan has been shot at Kiran on the main Batticaloa-Valaichchenai road -used freely both by civilians and service personnel. Some information should be available in regard to armed persons who waited for the arrival of Mr.Soundaranayagam at this spot."