T. E, S. L Police investigate Madhu murder

[TamilNet, Sunday, 28 July 2002, 12:21 GMT]
The Tamileelam Police service Sunday afternoon handed over to the Sri Lanka Police the bodies of three persons from Kandy, suspected to have been murdered in the Madhu region last week. The Government Agent for Vavuniya arranged the transfer, officials said. Mr. Manikavasakar Ilancheliyan, the Vavuniya district judge who inspected the bodies Sunday at the Vavuniya hospital, directed the Police to seek, through the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, evidence, productions, witnesses and suspects arrested in connection with the murder in the LTTE controlled Vanni region.

The Officer In Charge (OIC) of the Tamileelam Police station in Kilinochchi, Inspector Rasaiah Ramanathan told journalists that he received information on 25 July that three bodies were found in the general area of Thadchanamaurthamadhu near Madhu and that he communicated the matter to the Kilinochchi magistrate (of the Tamileelam judiciary) who had instructed him to take the bodies to the Mulankavil hospital for conducting an inquest and postmortem.

The OIC Tamileelam Police station in Kilinochchi speaking to Senior Superintendent of Sri Lanka Police (SSP) Mr. Wilfred Mahanayaka (right) at Omanthai Sunday.
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The bodies of the three persons had knife wounds and there was indication of strangling, he said. The Tamileelam Police has apprised the Sri Lanka Police of the circumstances in which the bodies were found and about the postmortem report, according to him. The Tamileelam Police has taken a suspect into custody. Sources said that the bodies were found on the bund of a reservoir.

The murdered persons were identified as W. D. R. N Kulatunga of Arangawila, Kandy, D. S Ratnasingha, Digana, Kandy and R. M Mahen Kumara of Matale. Kulatunga and Ratnasingha were drivers, S.L Police sources said.

The murdered persons were in a group of 17 (all males) who visited Madhu on 23 July by bus, Sri Lanka Police sources said. The group crossed the line of control through the Sri Lanka army entry point at Uyilankulam. Twelve returned through point the next day, 24 July, sans the bus. Two in the group, L. B Dilshan and S. Jaishankar are missing, Sri Lanka Police in Vavuniya said.

No one in the group that returned made any complaint to the Police or informed anyone of the fate of the five, according to the S.L Police.

The Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Tamileelam Police station in Kilinochchi Inpector Rasaiah Ramanathan (right) describing the circumstances in which the bodies of the three Madhu visitors were found on 25 July to Head Quarters Inspector Kapila Bandara (left) of the Sri Lanka Police in Vavuniya in the presence of the Vavuniya GA Mr. K. Ganesh (center) at Omanthai Sunday.
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The Vavuniya judge directed the Police to find the other persons in the group who returned through Uyilankulam on 24 July, question them and produce them in court if necessary.

He also directed the Police to send the bodies to be examined by Forensic experts at the Teaching Hospital in Peradeniya, Kandy. He told relatives of the murdered men to appear in the Vavuniya court after completing their last rites.

In a similar incident last Monday, the driver of a hired van from Wattala, Colombo was found brutally murdered in Kallattuppaalam in the SLA controlled Cheddikulam region, northwest of Vavuniya.


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