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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2731

Tamil Tigers kill social worker distributing food to Jaffna people

Colombo, 02 February, ( S. T. Gananathan, 64, President of the Jaffna Multi Pupose Co-Operative Society (MPCS) in Ariyalai, a suburb of Jaffna, was shot dead early monring on Thursday (February 1, 2007) near Mampalam junction by "two unidentified armed men", said TamilNet, the pro-Tiger website using the usual phrase to cover-up the killings of the Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence reported that Gananathan had been very active in distributing the food supplied to Jaffna by the Government. The Tamil Tigers have been very active in sabotaging the supply of food, including attacking ships that carry food to the people of Jaffna. The Tiger objective has been to exploit the shortages to blame the Sri Lankan government and win international sympathy. Tamils participating in the distribution of food are seen as collaborators with the government

Sources in Jaffna who refused to be identified for obvious reasons said that the Tamil Tigers have been threatening active social workers who have been in the forefront of distributing food supplies.

Gananathan, a retired engineer, assumed duties as the president of the MPCS, Jaffna when former president of the Jaffna MPCS, Solomon Sri, left Jaffna in December 2005 after receiving death threats.
In August 2006, Thellipalai MPCS president, Sivamagaraja was shot dead by unidentified persons.
The targeting of MPCS officials is a clear signal to the Jaffna Tamil not to participate in distributing government supplies of food.

The civilian sources said that Mr. Gananathan had ignored the LTTE threats with the firm belief that the outfit dare touch a social worker like him. But when he went to fetch water from a well close to his house in Punkankulam, along A-9 highway, he was assassinated by the Tigers who had studied his regular movements.

Sources told ‘Asian Tribune’ that as usual TamilNet has twisted the incident to blame the Sri Lankan forces. It said that "the incident occurred about 200 meters from Mampalam junction SLA camp."

- Asian Tribune -

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