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 Post subject: Tortured chief incumbent airlifted to Colombo
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:47 am 
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Tortured chief incumbent of the Sri Gayathree Kamakodi Peedam, airlifted to Colombo

@ AT, 12 Oct 20056

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The chief incumbent of the Sri Gayathree Kamakodi Peedam, Ven. Rajkumar Swamigal (34) is seen in the hospital with broken limbs.

Colombo, 12 October, (Asiantribune.com): The chief incumbent of the Sri Gayathree Kamakodi Peedam, Ven. Rajkumar Swamigal (34) was kidnapped by ten masked LTTE cadres using force on Friday (7-10-05) night with his vehicle and severely assaulted and thrown on the street thinking he was dead was subsequently admitted to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital has been airlifted to Colombo for further medical treatment.

Gayathiri Kamakodi Peedam, a Hindu Ashram (monastery) is located in Meesalai, about 19 km east of Jaffna town.

Tamil Tigers who forcefully entered the Ashram masked and fully armed threatened the priest on Friday night and demanded a sum of Rs. 15 lakhs (about US $ 14885) from the priest as ransom, saying that the Hindu Religious Affairs Ministry headed by Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Minster Douglas Devananda had already granted him a sum of Rs. 18 lakhs (about US $ 17862) for renovation and construction work of the Ashram.

Ven. Rajkumar Swamigall residing at No 86, Palaly Road, Thirunelveli, Jaffna, however resisted and refused payment of ransom to the ten masked Tamil Tigers who stormed his abode.

Subsequently those ten Tamil Tiger cadres who entered the Swamigal abode forced him out, took him awayt with his van (NPGL 5588), tortured him, broke his limbs and left him for dead on a small street in the Inuvil area.

The people of the area on the following day, Saturday 08 Octobe early in the morning found the Swamigal on the street lying unconscious and arranged to take him to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital for treatment.

It was also reported subsequently Tamil Tigers had set fire to his Ashram and belongings causing heavy damages.

As his condition grew worse, he was airlifted to a Colombo hospital late night on Sunday (09) on medical advice.

Also on Friday morning the LTTE killed the Columbuthurai Temple administrator and that same night kidnapped the Gaythree Peeda Swamigal and tortured him.


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