Sinhala doctor shot dead in Batticaloa, STF guns down Tamil neighbour

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 November 2008, 07:23 GMT]
Unidentified armed persons shot and killed a 35-year-old doctor, Palithakumara Pathmakumar, a Sinhalese from Gampola, who was working at Naavatkaadu hospital in Vavu'natheevu, 10 km west of Batticaloa district, Sunday night around 10:15 p.m., Police said. Meanwhile, residents said the Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) commandos attacked and shot dead a 38-year-old Tamil family man in the neighborhood around 10:40 p.m. Tension prevails in Naavatkudaa where hospital staff on protest against the killing, which comes a day before the funeral of Pillayan's private secretary Ragu.

Doctor Palitha Pathmakumara has been working at Naavatkudaa hospital for 3 months. Earlier he worked at Thaa'ndiyadi hospital for 7 months after Paduvaankarai region was occupied by the Sri Lankan military.

The Tamil resident shot dead was identified as Yogeswaran, a family man.


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