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Paramilitary grenades miss TELO leader

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 February 2006, 17:19 GMT]
Unidentified attackers lobbed grenades into Thamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) Batticaloa office wounding a party official around 7:45 p.m. Monday Police said. TELO officials alleged paramilitary cadres had targeted Indrakumar Prasanna, who is the General Secretary of TELO, a party in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) coalition. Mr. Indrakumar is the Chief Candidate representing the Tamil National Alliance in Batticaloa Municipal Council elections. TELO office is located on Sri Sabaratnam Road in Sri Lanka Army (SLA) High Security area in Batticaloa Town.

A TELO official, Thambyappa Loganathan, 40, injured in the attack was rushed to Batticaloa Hospital.

Attackers lobbed five grenades, only three of the grenades exploaded, police said.

Mr. Indrakumar had left the office a few minutes before his office was attacked, according to TELO officials in Batticaloa.

The nominations of TNA candidates were continuing despite telephone threats and anonymous letters being issued by paramilitary cadres from ENDLF, Karuna Group and EPDP, TNA sources in Batticaloa said.


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