Shooting victims had been arrested

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 June 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Two persons from the suburbs of Kalmunai, who had been taken away for questioning on Monday night by an armed group in plain clothes, were found shot dead in Kalmunai town, 35 km south of Batticaloa on Tuesday morning, said sources in Batticaloa.

The bodies of the two, S. Ilango an employee in a repair garage and A. Kandan, a sales assistant, had been found near the Ramakrishna Mission in Kalmunai town.

The Kalmunai police said that the two had connections with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

However, the residents of the area dismissed the police claims, saying that the two victims had had no connection with the Tigers.

This incident, which follows the killing of a student, Kannan, from the same area two months ago, for which the Sri Lanka Army was widely blamed, has inspired fear in the community that this is part of a pattern where young people are systematically abducted and murdered.


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