Killings in Kalmunai, Trinco

[TamilNet, Monday, 11 April 2005, 09:23 GMT]
A man said to be a member of the EPDP was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Trincomalee town Monday around 10.30 a.m. Police searched the Huskision Road area immediately but arrested no one. Meanwhile, in Kalmunai Police found the body of a man who was shot dead Sunday night around 10.30. “The reason for the killing is not clear although it appears to be linked to the current ‘shadow war’ in the east”, said the Police officer investigating the shooting.

The man gunned down in Trincomalee town was identified as Mr.Wijethasan Wijendran who works with the EPDP, a close ally of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Police said Mr. Wijendran was cycling along Huskision Road when he was shot at close range by unidentified persons.

He succumbed to his injuries when admitted to the Trincomalee General hospital. Hospital sources said five gunshots were found on his body.

The man who was found shot dead with a nine mm pistol in Kalmunai was identified as Mr. S. Arulampalam, 44, a resident of Manalchenai, a suburb of the southeastern town.

He was working as a Samurdhi (Poverty Alleviation Program) animator, Police said.

Kalmunai is forty kilometres south of Batticaloa.

 

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