Jaffna returnee found hanged to death

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 June 2011, 15:10 GMT]
A 30-year-old male who had recently returned to Jaffna, after staying in south for 2 years, was found beaten and hanged to death Sunday morning at a playground in Achchuveali Thoappu in Valikaamam East, 20 km northeast of Jaffna city. The victim, Balachandran Satkunanathan, had sought refuge in South after he had been harassed by the Sri Lanka Army intelligence operatives 2 years ago, residents in the area said. Recently, he had returned to Achchuveali. The attackers, believed to be from an SLA squad had come in motorbikes Saturday night and have taken him away before hanging him to death at the grounds, the residents further said.

The victim's motorbike, identity card and bank card were found 100 meters away from the spot where his body was located.

Mr. Balachandran, a native of Mayiliddi in Valikaamam North, had initially displaced to Achchuveali when his village was occupied and declared High Security Zone by the Sri Lanka Army some years ago.


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