Eastern Provincial Chief Secretary shot dead in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Monday, 16 July 2007, 13:59 GMT]
H.M.Herat Abeyeweera, Chief Secretary of East Provincial Council was shot dead Monday around 6.15 p.m. by an unidentified man when he was coming out of his office which is located along Inner Harbour Road in Trincomalee town. Mr. Abeyeweera, retired Government Agent of Ampaarai district had been appointed Chief Secretary to the East Provincial Council after the de-merger of the northeast provincial council following an order by the Supreme Court on a petition filed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).

Unidentified man had fired at the vehicle in which he was travelling, police sources said.

The body of the victim was handed over to the mortuary of the Trincomalee general hospital.

The area was immediately closed for traffic and a cordon and search operation was conducted, sources in east port town said.


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