2006 Trincomalee massacre of students
|2006 Trincomalee Massacre|
|Location||Trincomalee, Sri Lanka|
|Date||January 2, 2006|
|Target||Sri Lankan Tamil students|
|Special Task Force|
Murder of students happened on January 2, 2006. Initially the Sri Lankan police and the government claimed these students were, in fact, LTTE terrorists killed in a premature detonation of a grenade that they were about lob into government troops.
Sri Lankan government
The government claims were contradicted by the results of the local coroner, who said that they were killed by gunshot wound in execution style. Although a court case is still pending, a Human Rights agency known as UTHR accused that a local police superintendent as the mastermind of the operation to kill the students.
The official inquiry into this incident is still undergoing and Special Task Force personnel were remanded in connection with the murder and further remanded on 18 July 2013 by the Trincomalee Magistrate court.
Related to the incident
The only witness who came forward is the target of threats to his safety. Dr. Manoharan, the father of one of the victims, has been threatened by some elements of the Sri Lankan security forces. Human Rights Watch has called on the government to provide adequate protection for the doctor.
According to RSF a minority Tamil journalist Subramaniyam Sugirdharajan who took pictures of the slain students that proved that they died of gunshot injuries not by an explosion of a grenade as claimed by local military authorities was shot dead by unknown gunmen suspected to be paramilitary men.
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- "Tamil journalist gunned down in Trincomalee after covering paramilitary abuses". Reporters Without Borders. Archived from the original on 28 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-31.