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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2431

Lanka opposition Tamil MP Maheswaran shot dead

Colombo, 01 January, (Asiantribune.com):The former Sri Lankan Tamil cabinet minister and opposition UNP MP Thiyagarajah Maheshwaran, also called 'Kerosene Maheswaran,' was shot dead this morning in the capital city of Colombo.T.Maheswaran had told Shakti TV's  Minnal  program that he would come up with in-depth details when the parliament meets on 08 January. T.Maheswaran had told Shakti TV's Minnal program that he would come up with in-depth details when the parliament meets on 08 January.

He was shot near Sri Ponnambala Vaneswara Hindu Temple in Kotahena, Tuesday around 10:00 a.m., while he was paying homage at the shrine and died upon admission to the Colombo General Hospital.

Six persons were injured. Mr. Maheshwaran's bodyguard too died in the incident.

The UNP Colombo district MP T. Maheswaran has been one of the most vociferous Tamil legislators who found himself opposing Sri Lanka's war effort against LTTE.

In June, in protest of the forced removal of Tamils from lodges in Colombo, he removed his shirt and remained bare-bodied in Sri Lanka Parliament, with the support of TNA MPs.

His voice was against the high levels of human rights violations. In September last year, he caused uproar in parliament when was repeatedly obstructed from expressing his views on the state of emergency in force.

Recently, the government of Sri Lanka had reduced the Ministerial Security Division guards provided to him from Eighteen to two.

In June, in protest of the forced removal of Tamils from lodges in Colombo, he removed his shirt and remained bare-bodied in Sri Lanka Parliament, with the support of TNA MPs.

Maheswaran was highly critical about the paramilitary outfit in his latest interview and said he would reveal how the terror campaign in Jaffna was being managed from Colombo.

He had told Shakti TV's Minnal program that he would come up with in-depth details when the parliament meets on 08 January.

- Asian Tribune -

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