SLA kills youth in Chenkalady

[TamilNet, Friday, 30 June 2006, 21:12 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers shot dead a Tamil civilian at 6:00 p.m. Friday in Chenkalady near the Bank of Ceylon building area in Eravur Police division, police said. Witnesses said the SLA soldiers first shot Gnanasekaram Santhiran, 30, in his head, and after he fell to the ground, shot him at close range.

Santhiran lives in Badulla Road, Karadiyanaru and is a father of a child.

SLA soldiers said the man attempted to throw a hand grenade, and after they fired at him, found one hand grenade in his possession.

However, local witnesses allege that the soldiers placed the hand-grenade by the side of the dead man to fake an attempted attack on the soldiers, sources said.

After investigations, Eravur police handed over the body to the Eravur District Hospital for postmortem examinations, medical sources said.

Tension prevails in the area.

Chenkalady is located 13 km north of Batticaloa town.


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