2ND LEAD (CORRECTION)
SLA shoots dead youth in Batticaloa
[TamilNet, Thursday, 31 May 2007, 16:50 GMT]
Unidentified armed men lobbed hand grenades Thursday around 9:00 a.m. on Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troopers and Karuna group members jointly engaged in a cordon and search in Meeravoadai Tamil area in Vaazhaichcheanai
police division in Batticaloa district, injuring two troopers. SLA troopers shot death a youth when they fired in retaliation.
The killed youth was identified as Mahendran Gajendran, 27.
Gajendran's body is kept at Vazhaichcheanai hospital where the two injured troopers are being treated.
SLA claimed that the killed youth was a Liberation Tiger member and that a T56 rifle was recovered from him.