V. M. Panchalingam

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V. M. Panchalingam
3rd District Secretary for Jaffna
In office
14 July 1984 – 1 May 1989
Preceded byD. Nesiah
Succeeded byAnton Alfred
Personal details
Died(1989-05-01)1 May 1989
Nallur, Sri Lanka
Alma materJaffna Hindu College
Ananda College
ProfessionCivil servant
EthnicitySri Lankan Tamil

V. Muthiah Panchalingam (c1934 – 1 May 1989) was a leading Sri Lankan Tamil civil servant. He was assassinated by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Early life[edit]

Panchalingam was the son of Muthiah, a businessman from Kandy in central Ceylon.[1] He was educated at Jaffna Hindu College and Ananda College.[1] After school he joined the University of Ceylon, graduating with an honours BSc degree in chemistry.[1]


After university Panchalingam worked as a research officer in the Rubber Research Institute before joining the Ceylon Civil Service in 1957 a District Land Officer.[1][2] He served in Mannar, Kandy and Vavuniya.[2] He was later Assistant Government Agent and Additional Government Agent (1979) in Jaffna.[1][2] He became District Secretary for Jaffna District in 1984.[1][2]


Panchalingam was shot dead on 1 May 1989 at his brother's house in Nallur.[1][2] A youth with a AK-47 rifle had fired 23 bullets into Panchalingam's body, eight into his head.[2] The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam claimed responsibility for Panchalingam's killing.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. pp. 126–127.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Jaffna Govt. Agent Shot Dead" (PDF). Tamil Times. VIII (6): 17. May 1989. ISSN 0266-4488.