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Paramilitary cadre guns down bus passenger in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 09 March 2006, 07:14 GMT]
A young man travelling on a public transport bus from Eravur to Batticaloa was shot dead by a gunman, around 11 a.m., Thursday, police in the eastern town said. Eye wintnesses named the assailant as paramilitary 'Karuna group' cadre "Mathushan," attached to Palpody camp of the Special Task Force (STF). Two other civilians were injured in the shooting.

Kovinthan Vijeyarajah, 21, shot dead in Batticaloa
The young mason, father of a child, who was killed in the incident was identified as Kovinthan Vijeyarasa, 21, of Arumugaththankudiyiruppu in Eravur.

The injured civilans were identified as Thambymuthu Arumathurai, 46 and Manikkam, 55. They were taken to Batticaloa hospital.

The paramilitary cadre, Edwinsilva Anandan (Mathushan), fired atleast eigth 9 mm bullets and escaped from the site when his attempt to abduct Kovindan failed, according to the eyewitnesses.

The body of Kovindan is lying in Batticaloa Hospital Mortuary, hostpital officials said.

The incident occured at at Vellaikutty juncation, 2 km. north of Batticaloa, on the Trincomalee road.

Eravur is located 14 km north of Batticaloa town.

 

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