DIG orders inquiry into grenade attack on Tamil family in Trinco

[TamilNet, Sunday, 15 January 2006, 15:32 GMT]
Mr.Mahinda Balasuriya, Senior Deputy Inspector of Police in charge of North-East Province and Anuradhapura district has ordered full investigation into the grenade attack on a residential quarter of the Trincomalee Urban Council (UC) which caused serious injuries to a whole Tamil family Saturday evening. The UC residential quarters' complex is located between Abeyapura, Sinhala settlement and Anpuvallipuram, Tamil settlement on Trincomalee-Kandy main road, about three km off west south of east port town, police sources said.

The DIG disclosed his decision to a group of senior Tamil citizens of the east port town including Hindu and Christian religious leaders at a conference held Sunday to review the Trincomalee situation when a Tamil representative pointed out to him that the police who rushed to the site of crime had told that the grenade which was inside the house had exploded and it was not thrown from outside. It was very sad for the police to come to such conclusion immediately after the attack, sources said.

The DIG was told that the SLMM monitors who visited the scene immediately after the attack had found the clip of the grenade lying far away from the residential quarters, which came under the attack A sentry manned by SLA soldiers is located near the scene of the crime on the main road, sources said.

The DIG is reported to have expressed his concern over the incident and said he had ordered for a full-scale investigation into the incident, sources said.

The injured have been identified as Ms R.Rajeswary, a dispenser in UC Ayurveda Dispensary (35), her husband Mr.Rajkumar (35) and their two children, Ms Sai Vithiya (10) and Vithiyakaran (4). They are now warded in the Trincomalee general hospital, sources said.


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