Town mourns as slain MP is buried
[TamilNet, Friday, 10 November 2000, 17:53 GMT]
The funeral of slain TULF MP for Batticaloa, Nimalan Soundaranayagam took place at the Methodist burial ground in his native town of Morokkottaanchenai, in Batticaloa at 5 p.m. Friday.
The funeral cortege carrying the remains of Soundaranayagam left Selvanayakam hall in Batticaloa around 10 a.m. where it had been kept since Thursday. The cortege arrived at Morokkottaanchenai around 4 p.m. His remains were laid to rest at 5 p.m. after final rites were conducted.
A large number of people, including senior TULF officials and supporters attended the funeral, said sources in the eastern town. White flags were hoisted and streets were decorated as a mark of respect for the slain MP.
Mr.Aslie Nimalan Soundaranayagam (50), was elected as a Member of Parliament of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in the parliamentary elections held on 10 October. He was shot dead Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Kiran in the eastern province while he was travelling on a motor cycle with one of his party supporters.