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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2834

Kayts killings of twelve civilians: No involvement of security forces - Sri Lankan Police Chief says

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 21 May, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lankan Police Chief said yesterday that no evidence of security forces involvement in the killings of 12 civilians in Kayts islands had been surfaced in the special presidential investigation.

IGP Chandra Fernando, country's Police Chief, however said, there was evidence that LTTE agents had burnt ten to twelve shops in the area which were open despite the LTTE organized hartal, two days before the massacre of civilians.

"Of course, there were speculations (on the security forces involvement), but no evidence has been found to support the claim," said IGP Chandra Fernando.

A special CID team led by a Senior Superintendent of Police is conducting investigations into killings, which took place in Allaipiddy and Puliyankodal in the Kayts islands.

IGP Fernando told the “Asian Tribune” that the investigators have found evidence that the LTTE agents had burnt 10-12 shops in Allaipiddy and Velanai two days before the killing of 12 civilians, including the gruesome murder of 8 civilian inside their home in Allaipiddy, in the Kayts islands.

The CID team has also found leaflets distributed by the LTTE agents calling a shut down of shops in the area during the said period.

The IGP, however, stopped short of holding the LTTE responsible for the killings.

"We still don't have evidence to prove that either," he said.

On the night of May 13, eight civilians were shot dead, including killing of eight members in their house including a 4- month-old baby and a 4-year-old boy and their parents in Allaipiddy.

In another incident, three civilians were killed in Puliyankodai and another tea shop owner was shot dead in Velanai.

The Tiger guerrillas accused the Navy of the killings, a claim denied by the Navy which in turn accused the Tigers of committing civilian killings to divert international attention from its abortive attack on the Navy passenger ferry last week

- Asian Tribune -

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