Mystery surrounds the brutal killing of a Tamil journalist
Colombo, 02 August, (Asiantribune.com): A young Tamil Sahadevan Nilakshan (22) undergoing diploma in journalism at the Jaffna Media Resource Training Centre of the Jaffna University was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen around 5.30 am on August 01 in Kokuvil, Jaffna.
It is reported that he was fatally shot at by unidentified gunmen, who spoke Tamil fluently and came on a motorbike. The suspected LTTE gunmen stormed into his house and shot him, in front of his family members, a close relative of Nilakshan.
According to the report, killers called the victim out of his house at Station Road, Kokkuvil West in Jaffna and gunned him down.
He sustained serious gun shot wounds and later succumbed to his injuries at Jaffna General Hospital a few hours later.
Nilakshan was one of the editors of 'Chaa'laram', a popular student magazine published by Jaffna District Student Federation.
Tamil Net a pro LTTE news portal alleged , “The brazen killing of the young and promising media student and many youths being killed summarily by motor cycle riding armed men right inside Sri Lanka Army (SLA) High Security Zone (HSZ) in recent times, has paralyzed the people of Jaffna peninsula, civil activists in Jaffna said.“
“Nilakshan is the eighth media worker or journalist killed in Jaffna since May 2006,” Free Media Movement (FMM) said in a statement. The group also said it was disappointed that none of the killings of journalists had led to prosecutions by the authorities.
In the meantime Defense Ministry in its headline “Suspected LTTE gunmen kill Tamil youth - Jaffna noted “Civilians in the area were saddened by this violent and untimely death and were of the view that LTTE operatives in the area were totally responsible for his killing.
“In addition to closing all avenues of freedom to our younger generation, our freedom of expression has also been suppressed by the megalomaniac separatist organisation, said an elderly Tamil citizen deeply saddened and angered by the Nilakashan's death. Police investigations are on to apprehend the killers.
- Asian Tribune -