Navy's live fence electrocutes Gurunagar fisherman

[TamilNet, Saturday, 02 July 2005, 03:52 GMT]
Mr. Tharman Raju (21), a fisherman from Gurunagar, a coastal suburb in Jaffna town, was killed instantly Saturday early morning around 3.30 a.m. when he got entangled in the live fence put up by the Sri Lanka Navy and was electricuted, sources said. Gurunagar jetty area is declared as high security zone by the Sri Lanka security forces. The incident took place when the Mr Raju was returning to the shore with his catch after fishing in Jaffna lagoon during the night, Jaffna Police said.

Fellow fishermen recovered the body and handed the body over to Jaffna Police.

The body is now lying in the mortuary of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital awaiting magisterial inquest, police said.

Tension prevailed in Gurunagar following Mr Raju's death, civil sources said.

Gurunagar recently lost two of its youths when unknown assailants shot them to death in Colombo while they were preparing to go abroad.


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