Muslim towns shut down to mourn slain Tiger
[TamilNet, Monday, 23 August 2004, 04:17 GMT]
Muslim towns and villages in the Amparai district observed a total shut down Monday in mourning for 'Bawa', the senior Liberation Tiger who was killed in an ambush north of Batticaloa last Friday. Traffic on the coastal main road of the district was completely blocked beyond Kalmunai for the shut down (Hartal). Large crowds of Muslims thronged to pay their last respects to 'Bawa' when his body lay at the LTTE's political office in Kalmunai and later at the Ramakrishna Mission in Akkaraipattu on Sunday.
The Federation of Mosque Trustee Boards in the Amparai district condemned Bawa's murder in a statement recalling what the senior Tiger had done for the welfare of the Muslims. The statement referred to particular instances where Bawa had found on the spot solutions to vexed land issues.
Tires were burnt on roads in some Muslim towns to block traffic for the Hartal.
Bawa is the nom de guerre of Mr. Selvarajah Jegatheeswaran from Thirukkovil, a large ancient Tamil village, 76 kilometres south of Batticaloa. He joined the Liberation Tigers nineteen years ago. He worked with LTTE intelligence for many years before he was made head of the political division for Amparai in 2001.
LTTE sources in Batticaloa allege that the Sri Lanka army was behind his murder.