2ND LEAD (Adds photo)

Vavuniyaa Citizen Committee chairman escapes assassination attempt

[TamilNet, Thursday, 09 October 2014, 21:51 GMT]
While the Citizen Committee of Vavuniyaa has been preparing for a protest against the prolonged detention of the Tamil activist Ms Jeyakumari and all other Eezham Tamil political prisoners on Friday, an attack squad operated by the Sri Lankan military has targeted the 61-year-old chairman of the Committee, Mr Krishnapillai Thevarasa, on Wednesday night. A 4-member squad that followed Mr Thevarasa while he was returning home after attending a preparatory meeting at Vavuniyaa, blocked him near the Sri Lankan military camp at Nedungkea’ni and brutally attacked him using iron rods and batons. The attack comes 5 days before SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to North.

The attacking squad that chased Mr Thevarasa in two motorbikes attempted to kill him by burning him together with his motorbike in the paddy field nearby the camp, the chairman of the Citizen’s Committee said. He was rushed to Nedungkea’ni hospital with injuries and later transferred to Vavuniyaa hospital. Nedungkea’ni, the home village of Mr Thevarasa, is situated 30 km away from Vavuniyaa town.

Vavuniyaa Citizens' Committee Chairman Krishnapillai Thevarasa
Vavuniyaa Citizens' Committee Chairman Krishnapillai Thevarasa admitted at hospital

Mr Thevarasa has been a key person in mobilising Eezham Tamil rights activists in Vavuniyaa district and he has been subjected to death threats in recent times by the SL military intelligence. He has been instrumental in organising demonstrations demanding the release of Tamil detainees in Sri Lankan prisons.

Vavuniyaa Citizens Committee has been working closely with citizen committees in Mannaar and Mullaiththeevu districts in voicing for the rights of the kith and kin of the missing persons in Vanni.

On 21 September, a 33-year-old journalist from Paranthan, Sinnarasa Siventhiran, narrowly escaped from a killer squad that intended to kill him by throwing him in front of a vehicle on A9 Road in Ki'linochchi district.

Related Articles:
22.09.14   SL military squads intensify attacks on Tamil journalists in..


Latest 15 Reports
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
03.10.19 19:16  
Raghavan plans to distribute uncultivatable lands to Tamils to compensate for loss of fertile lands
02.10.19 22:28   Photo
No place for human rights in China’s white paper for future world
01.10.19 18:26  
Genocidal Sri Lanka hits back at UN, claims it passed ‘litmus test’ on human rights in 2019
Find this article at: