Vanni returnee shot dead

[TamilNet, Sunday, 18 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The SLA claimed today that they shot dead a LTTE suspect and arrested another near Perumal Kovil (temple), in Jaffna, last night between 10.30 and 11.00 p.m. But sources in Jaffna said that the dead person has been identified as Velupillai Pavananthan, 27, father of 3 children.

Pavananthan's wife told TamilNet correspondent in Jaffna that they had come from Vanni 3 days ago and her husband had gone to pluck young coconuts for one of their children who was ill.

The other person arrested by the SLA has been identified as Thillairajah Laxmanan, 24, formally from Kottadi. He has also returned from Vanni .

The Police in Jaffna said that both of them were caught while they were on their way to rob a house and one of them was shot dead.


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