Jaffna TNA MP Sivanesan killed in DPU Claymore attack

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 March 2008, 09:59 GMT]
Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian, K. Sivanesan, was killed in a Claymore attack carried out by the Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit on A-9 road, 30 minutes after he crossed into Vanni through Oamanthai / Pu'liyangku'lam entry point Thursday. The Claymore attack has taken place between Pu'liyangku'lam and Maangku'lam around 1:20 p.m., according to initial reports. The MP's vehicle was targeted when he was returning to his residence in Mallaavi, after attending the parliamentary sessions in Colombo. His driver was also killed in the attack. The DPU attackers have exploded four Claymore mines in a row, Tamileelam Police officials told TamilNet.

K. Sivanesan MP
Mr. Sivanesan's driver, Periyannan Maheswararajah, 27, father of one, from Cheddiku'lam, Vavuniyaa, was killed on the spot. Sivanesan MP succumbed to his injuries while being rushed to Maangku'lam hospital.

A 11-year-old boy from Kugnchukku'lam, Arulnaathan Lujithnathan, cycling on A9 road was also injured in the attack.

K. Sivanesan, born on 21 January, 1957, was General Manager of Northern Region Palm Development CO-OP society's Uni-Cluster, between 1996 and 2004, before being elected to Sri Lanka Parliament. He has worked as accountant of the palm development co-operative society's union of Jaffna and a secretary of Federation of popular association in Mallaavi, Vanni. He was a former student of Nelliyadi Maththiya Mahaa Viththiyaalayam.

Mr. Sivanesan leaves behind his wife and four children, 2 sons and 2 daughters.

TNA MP K. Sivanesan's body was taken to Ki'linochchi hospital
The driver of the TNA MP, Periyannan Maheswararajah, was also killed in the attack.

TNA MPs K. Sivanesan (middle), S. Jeyananthamoorthy (Right) shaking hands with Norwegian Special Env
TNA MPs K. Sivanesan (middle), S. Jeyananthamoorthy (Right) shaking hands with Norwegian Special Envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer, during a visit by the parliamentarians to Oslo in December 2007

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