Five Tamil civilians beaten-up in Matale
[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 January 2007, 00:04 GMT]
Five upcountry Tamil civilian passengers were injured when a group of Sinhalese hoodlums attacked a State owned passenger bus in Udathanna in Matale Monday evening, while the funeral of a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier killed in Vaharai military operation against the LTTE was taking place, sources in Matale said.
The attackers ordered the Tamil passengers to get down from the bus, and beat them with with poles seriously injuring two of the passengers.
SLA soldiers on security duty closeby stood by.
At least two female passengers were injured, media sources said.
The injured had lodged complaints with the Matale Police, sources said.