Ashley Nimalanayagam Soundaranayagam
|Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament|
for Batticaloa District
|Born||6 November 1950|
Morokottanchenai, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
|Died||7 November 2000 (aged 50)|
Kiran, Sri Lanka
|Political party||Tamil United Liberation Front|
|Spouse(s)||Christina Jeyaranji Soundranayagam|
|Ethnicity||Sri Lankan Tamil|
Ashley Nimalanayagam Soundaranayagam (6 November 1950 – 7 November 2000) was a Sri Lankan Tamil teacher, politician and Member of Parliament.
Soundaranayagam was assassinated on 7 November 2000 in Kiran,less than a month after the October 10 elections. His private secretary who was travelling with him during the assassination, had only sustained minor injury during the attack, and was later held on suspicion by the police. The assassination was blamed on Karuna Amman, the Eastern Regional Commander for the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
The assassination brought out the public's frustration both at LTTE, and also at the Sri Lankan government. The LTTE were criticized for their long history of assassinating Tamil political figures who sought and end to ethnic conflicts through democracy. The Sri Lankan government on the other hand, were criticized for not acting against these assassinations and protecting the democratic freedom of the Tamil people.
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