Hindu priest shot dead
[TamilNet, Friday, 27 November 1998, 04:36 GMT]
The Special Task force (STF) shot dead the priest of the Aaraipattai Kaali temple last night around 10 p.m. said Police sources in Batticaloa. Aaraipattai is a large densely populated Tamil village 7 kilometers south of Batticaloa.
The STF was lying in ambush by the interior road through the heart of the village when the priest, S. Navaratnam, had walked by, after concluding the night Pooja at the Kaali temple.
The STF had been put on red alert for the LTTE's Maveerar week. Aaraipattai is patrolled by the STF commandos and well armed paramilitary TELO cadres. The Kaali temple priest was killed on the spot.