Youth shot by SLA, dies after swallowing cyanide

[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 September 2006, 05:30 GMT]
Sri Lankan Army (SLA) soldiers on a foot patrol shot a youth who allegedly attempted to run away having thrown a hand grenade on them in Vinayagapuram in the Valaichchenai Police area in Batticaloa district, around 1.30 p.m. Wednesday, Valaichchenai Police said.

The injured youth, Vinayagamoorthy Kunarathnamoorthy, 21, of Kalmadu Road, Vinayagapuram, said to have been swallowed cyanide and died to avoid being arrested by soldiers, SLA sources said.

His body was handed over to the Valaichchenai District Hospital for post- mortem.

SLA alleged that the youth was a LTTE cadre.

Valaichchenai is 30 km north of Batticaloa.


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