Home guard killed at Welikanda

[TamilNet, Thursday, 26 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers attacked a group of Sri Lankan Army and home guards this morning around 6.30 a.m. in Manikkampitti near Welikanda, 70 kilometers northwest of Batticaloa near the Polannaruwa Batticaloa district border killing one homeguard and wounding three soldiers and two homeguards.

One student was wounded in the cross fire said Police sources in Polannaruwa. Tamil civilians in the area were assaulted by the homeguards later.

Manikkampitti was a predominantly Tamil village eight years ago.

A large number of its residents fled in 1990 when the SLA which moved into the area with homeguards, arrested and allegedly killed some of them.

The army and Police encouraged the settlement of Sinhalese in Manikkampitti since then. The Tamil population here as in the other traditional Tamil villages of Polannaruwa, such as Mannampitti, Muththukkal, Savampitti etc., have dwindled since 1990.


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