2ND LEAD

Joseph Pararajasingham MP shot dead in Batticaloa church

[TamilNet, Saturday, 24 December 2005, 19:56 GMT]
Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, a senior Tamil politician and the Batticaloa district Member of Parliament (MP) of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was shot and killed by two unidentified gunmen at St. Mary's co-cathedral church in Batticaloa town while attending Christmas prayers early morning at 1.20 a.m Sunday. The MP's wife, Mrs. Sugunam Pararajasingham, seriously wounded in the gunfire, was rushed to Batticaloa Hospital in critical condition. Seven more persons were injured in the gunfire, civilian sources said.

Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham
Mr Pararajasingham arrived at the Church at 10.30 p.m where the services led by Batticaloa Bishop Kingley Swampillai started at 11.30 p.m.

The co-cathedral is located in the heart of Batticaloa town on Central Road.

Pararajasinghams have two sons (one deceased), and one daughter.

Mr Joseph Pararajasingham was born on 26 November 1934 and started his career as a draftsperson at the Batticaloa secretariat. He started public service as a part-time journalist at the Tamil daily "Thinapathi," where he wrote stories under the name Sugunam Joseph.

He entered Sri Lanka Parliament in 1990. He was re-elected in 1994 with the highest number of preferential votes ever received by a Tamil candidate in the NorthEast. He was again elected on the final count of preferential votes in the October 2000 elections. He again became an MP under the national list in 2002.

Mr Pararajasingham had a good command in English.

During the late 90's he followed up with the Sri Lanka armed forces cases of detention, disappearances, torture, rape and killing of Tamil civilians.

He was an Executive Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the SAARC Parliamentary Assocoation.

Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham with his wife Mrs. Sugunam Pararajasingam
Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham with his wife Mrs. Sugunam Pararajasingham


Related Articles:
23.12.05   Indian High Commissioner meets TNA delegation
15.01.05   Delays in relief worsen woes of Batticaloa affected- MP
14.09.04   TNA MPs meet with Japanese Ambassador
10.09.04   TNA MPs meet Canadian Ambassador
02.09.04   French diplomats meet TNA foreign affairs committee
20.06.04   "SL President's duplicitous politics threatens peace"- MP
13.02.04   TNA readies to face poll with ‘house’ or 'lighthouse'
08.04.01   Pararajasingham says prisons toll death knell for Tamils
11.10.00   Pararajasingham elected on final count
10.10.99   MP probes villagers’ ‘disappearances’
03.10.99   Batticaloa MP raises Rights question
05.02.99   'No new evidence' - Koneswary inquiry
03.05.98   Army uses civilians as human shields - MP
10.02.98   Pararajasingham protests over new abductions
25.10.97   Pararajasingham calls for talks with Tigers

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.06.18 16:24   Photo
Jaffna Tamil fishers mobilise against southern poaching, expose conduct of SL police
20.06.18 11:52  
Wigneswaran's secretary accuses SL Presidential Secretariat of dodging land release in North
19.06.18 18:33   Photo
SL military stationed in 6,275 acres of public and private lands in Vaakarai, Batticaloa
18.06.18 23:05  
Occupying SL Police in Jaffna again blamed for dodging action on criminal policemen
17.06.18 23:51   Photo
SL policemen fire to kill Tamil man at Church premises in Mallaakam, Jaffna
16.06.18 20:31  
US naval, seismic partnerships with genocidal Sri Lanka bring miseries to Eezham Tamils in Trincomalee
15.06.18 21:07   Photo
Swiss ruling, a precedent-setting victory for Right of Self-Determination oriented freedom fighters
14.06.18 20:03  
Only an international investigation would establish truth on enforced disappeared
13.06.18 22:37   Photo
Colombo schemes Sinhala military-led industrialisation of KKS exploiting geopolitics
12.06.18 19:49   Photo
Mannaar mass grave could be from early 1990s, shocking details emerge
11.06.18 14:38  
Sirisena yet to revoke Gazette notification of Colombo's seizure of Champoor lands
10.06.18 19:14  
Tamil families caught in dilemma of transferring lands in Seruvila, Trincomalee
09.06.18 19:04  
SL military attempts to rout out Tamil shop owners in Ampaa'rai village
08.06.18 18:17  
131 Sinhala Buddhist installations crop up in North after 2009: NPC
07.06.18 13:56   Photo
Encroaching Sinhala monk receives official recognition from SL Archaeology Department
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=16629