S. Shanmuganathan (Sri Lankan politician)

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S. Shanmuganathan

Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Vanni District
In office
Personal details
Born(1960-05-16)16 May 1960
Died15 July 1998(1998-07-15) (aged 38)
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyDemocratic People's Liberation Front
Other political
People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam
EthnicitySri Lankan Tamil

Sarawanabavanandan Shanmuganathan (16 May 1960 – 15 July 1998; known as Vasanthan) was a Sri Lankan Tamil militant, politician and Member of Parliament.

Shanmuganathan was born on 16 May 1960.[1] He was a Hindu.[1] He was a senior member of the militant People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam, serving as its commander in Vavuniya.[2]

Shanmuganathan was member of Vavuniya Urban Council.[3] He contested the 1994 parliamentary election as one of the Democratic People's Liberation Front's candidates in Vanni District and was elected to Parliament.[4]

Shanmuganathan was killed by a claymore mine in Irambaikkulam, Vavuniya District on 15 July 1998.[3][5] The assassination was blamed on the rival rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.[6][7] However, the pro-LTTE TamilNet claimed that Shanmuganathan had been the victim of an internal conflict within the PLOTE.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Shanmuganathan, Saravanabhavanadan". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  2. ^ Ferdinando, Shamindra (4 March 2013). "Eelam War II:LTTE in command - Part 112". The Island (Sri Lanka).
  3. ^ a b "Vavuniya MP killed". TamilNet. 15 July 1998.
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1994" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-06.
  5. ^ Athas, Iqbal (19 July 1998). "The Situation Report: Sauce for the State media is no sauce for us". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).
  6. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (16 March 2008). "Assassinating Tamil Parliamentarians: The unceasing waves". The Nation (Sri Lanka).
  7. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (11 September 1999). "Who killed Manickathasan?". Frontline. 16 (19).
  8. ^ "Vavuniya MP's funeral held". TamilNet. 19 July 1998.