Autopsy: Jaffna University students, slain by SL Police in 2016, not shot from behind

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 August 2018, 17:07 GMT]
Civil rights activists based in Colombo have recently released post-mortem reports of two Jaffna University Tamil students, whom the SL Police in Jaffna shot and killed in October 2016 at Kokkuvil. The autopsy confirms earlier media reports of gunshot fire going through the chest of the motorbike driver, and the other student sitting behind succumbing to injuries caused by the crash immediately after the firing. The reports also disprove the allegations made by the SL Police that they had fired at the students only after they failed to stop. They were not shot from behind. It seems like they were shot from the front or from their right side by a policeman who aimed at them with his automatic rifle, probably after being tipped off from another check post in advance, commented fellow students at the University of Jaffna.

University students killed in Jaffna on 21 Oct 2016
The students slain by Sinhala police at Kokkuvil in Jaffna


The released autopsies remind the larger society that how the SL Justice system and the political establishment of Colombo continue to ‘intentionally’ fail the victims and their families, they commented further.

The central part of the post-mortem report of 24-year-old Suluxsan Vijeyakumar (Sulaxan), who was driving the motorbike, follows:

Autopsy of Suluxsan Vijeyakumar


The autopsy describing the injuries of 24-year-old Kajan Nadaraja (Gajan) follows:

Autopsy of Kajan Nadarajah


A group of Sinhala policemen belonging to the Chunnaakam station were behind the crime, which is believed to be a hate crime.

The same police unit was also observed threatening a family in Kokkuvil on October 05, 2016.



The brutal incident triggered off massive protests and the Colombo establishment, as usual, worked behind the scene to contain the protest.

The Sinhala policemen who were manning the check post at Kokkuvil were detained.

At the same time, SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, who met the families was assuring the families that they would receive justice as well as compensation.

However, to date, none of these promises were kept, and the families have not received anything, the students said.

However, the so-called international community, represented by the diplomatic missions and their state-funded ‘development’ agencies as well as their NGO outlets, continue to deceive Tamils. They advocate that the SL state was capable of transforming itself from the paradigm of genocide.

The so-called post-conflict development and reconciliation through ‘transitional justice’, used to deceive Tamils also aggravate the genocidal tendency of the occupying unitary state in Colombo, the students commented further.

In reality, the SL State is accelerating its ‘transition’ towards the ultimate annihilation of the existence of Eezham Tamils as a nation in the North-East. The structural annihilation is more dangerous than the physical genocide, they said.

Eezham Tamils need to address the injustice, which is stemming from the global paradigm through their native discourses, and they should not get hoodwinked by the narrative coming from the Western missions that place the cart before the horse as if the conflict had ended, the students said.


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