UNP candidate in Jaffna shot dead
[TamilNet, Friday, 21 December 2007, 17:20 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen following a prominent member of United National Party (UNP), shot him dead Friday around 5:30 p.m as he was riding on his motor cycle in Chuzhipuram area in Valikaamam. Muthukumar Sivapalan, was rushed to Moo’laay hospital with serious injuries and later transferred to Jaffna Teaching Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, sources in Jaffna said. During the last election campaign, Mr. Sivapalan had strongly worked against the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Douglas Devananda, a cabinet minister in the present Sri Lanka government, Tholpu’ram residents said.
Muthukumar Sivapalan was a farmer, who also had an interest in traditional bullock race. [TamilNet Library Photo]
The victim, Muthukumar Sivapalan alias Babiyaan, 30, is a farmer, father of one child and a resident of Vazhakkamparai, Tholpu’ram in Valikaamam.
Sivapalan was Jaffna district general election candidate for the UNP in 2004.
He had conflict with EPDP key operative in 2001.
He had contested two elections in Jaffna District as a UNP candidate under T. Maheswaran, UNP Jaffna district parliamentarian.