Karuna operative, associate shot dead in Ka'luvaangchikkudi
[TamilNet, Sunday, 12 October 2008, 20:08 GMT]
Armed men who arrived in a motorbike shot and killed Karuna group operative, Tharmalingam Arunagiri, 27, and his associate, Thiruchelvam Rajendran, 18, near a liquor shop in Eruvil area in Ka'luvaangnchikkudi police division in Batticaloa district Saturday around 6:15 p.m. The two killed are renegades from Pillayan faction of the TMVP, operating now with Karuna, according to informed sources in Batticaloa.
Ka'luvaangchikkudi police who handed over the bodies to Ka'luvaangnchikkudi hospital are investigating into the killings.
Karuna's associates accompanied by Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) commandos had later assaulted the residents in Eruvil area, compelling them to identify the killers, residents said.
Karuna associates also has threatened shops owners in Ka'luvaangchikkudi area to shut down their shops as a mark of sympathy for the two killed, they added.