One civilian, policeman killed in Pottuvil
[TamilNet, Friday, 22 July 2005, 06:08 GMT]
A civilian was killed when the Police opened fire after an unidentified gunman shot and killed a Police constable in Pottuvil town around 11.00 p.m. on Thursday. The civilian victim, identified as Mr. Kanagasabai Ranjithkumar, is a 21 year old Tamil youth from Kundumadu.
The constable killed by the gunman riding a motorbike was identified as Mr. M. Veerasingha, 37, attached to Pottuvil Police.
Mr. Ranjithkumar was killed when the policemen who rushed to the crime scene from a nearby location opened fire, according to civilian sources.
The incident took place near Bank of Ceylon building on Pottuvil Main Road.
Civilian sources said that the gunman who was riding a motorbike, stopped the bike and pulled out a handgun to shoot the police constable.
However, the Police claimed that the civilian was killed by the attacker, who used a T-56 rifle.
The body of the civilian was handed over to the mortuary of the Pottuvil
Hospital for post-mortem examination, Police sources said.
Pottuvil Police Officer In-Charge (OIC) Mr. Sooriyarachi, is conducting investigation into the killings.
Pottuvil is located in Amparai district.
Two persons, one policeman and a civilian, were killed and four soldiers and two civilians were wounded in 3 different shooting incidents in Amparai district on Thursday.