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 Post subject: STF grilled over massacre of Tamil students
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:57 am 
Elite police commandos grilled over massacre of students

@ The Hindu / 14Feb2006

Colombo, Feb. 14 (PTI): Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigations Department has interrogated a dozen elite police commandos for their alleged involvement in the massacre of five Tamil students, police said today.

An Inspector, a Sub-Inspector and 10 constables of the Special Task Force were facing the prospect of detention under emergency laws over the January 2 incident in the north eastern port town of Trincomalee.

The Defence Ministry initially denied any wrong doing by security forces, but later ordered a full scale probe after forensic tests showed that the victims had been shot dead.

The STF had initially said that the boys were killed when a bomb they carried went off prematurely.

The massacre sparked a wave of killings and counter attacks and strikes.

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 Post subject: Commandos detained
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:07 am 
Commandos detained

@ DM / 16Feb2006

The weapons used by the 11 STF commandos and two policemen, allegedly involved in the killing of five students at Trincomalee on January 2, have been sent to the Government Analyst for examination, police detectives said.

They said the suspects were being held in custody under detention orders But they have reportedly denied allegations of having opened fire at the students

The CID had also collected spent bullets and fragments of a hand grenade found in the vicinity of the incident.

 Post Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 5:26 pm 

WS / 22APR2006

The Police Special Task Force platoon arrested over the deaths of five youths in Trincomalee on January 2 are likely to be released soon as the Government Analyst’s Department has concluded that none of the bullets found in the bodies of the victims had been fired by the guns issued to them.

According to a Department source, sample bullets fired by the guns issued to the platoon had been examined by the department analysts for similarities with those found in the victims.

The source said that their investigations had revealed that none of the fatal bullets found in the bodies were similar to the bullets fired from the guns inspected by them.

Five youths Shanmugarajah Gajendran, Logitharajah Rohan,Thangathurai Sivanantha, Yogarajah Hemachchandra and Manoharan Rajihar were killed while two others were injured in the incident that took place on Dock Yard Road Trincomalee about 7.30 p.m. on that day.

 Post subject: The murder of 5 Students - UTHR (Jaffna) Version
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 5:35 pm 
The murder of 5 Students - UTHR (Jaffna) Version

Source: UTHR (Jaffna) Special Report No: 20
Date of release: 2nd April 2006

The Tamil youths - Shanmugarajah Gajendran, Lohitharaja Rohan, Thangathurai Sivanantha, Yogarajah Hemachandran and Manoharan Rajihar - all of them born in 1985 - were bona-fide students either in university or on the threshold of higher studies. They had no political connections and used to meet in the evenings on the sea front where the Gandhi statue used to stand. Nearby was the beginning of Dockyard Road leading to a naval installation and there were a number of navy sentries in the area. The regular meeting of the students had been observed and the plan took shape. The parties involved were the STF, Navy and the Police.

A trishaw came along Dockyard Road about 6.00 PM from which a grenade was thrown at the students, two of whom received minor injuries and fell on the ground. Soon afterwards the area was surrounded by the Navy and the STF unit arrived and the students were not allowed to leave. First they were loaded into the police truck in which the STF arrived. Then they were assaulted, thrown down, made to kneel and shot, two of them through the ear.

After a delay, apparently to ensure that the injured died, the victims were taken to the hospital. Immediately the cover up went into full swing, with security spokesmen and the army website, which had been a fairly credible source of violations by the LTTE, claiming that the students were killed by the explosion of a bomb in their possession.

How they imagined the cover-up would succeed beats one’s imagination. There was shooting and at that time a number of civilian witnesses were about. Perhaps the security men calculated that they would be too terrorised to testify. In this they have been proved largely right. Their crucial miscalculation was the courage of the Sinhalese DMO, Dr. Gamini Gunatunga, who did the post mortem examinations and testified that the 5 students named above died of gun shot wounds. The two students Yogarajah Poongulaon and Pararajasingham Kokularaj who fell down after the grenade blast were apparently left for dead and survived.

There was a delay of about half an hour between the arrival of the STF and the shooting of the students. Perhaps there were some misgivings and arguments about how they would get away with it.

Based on information from within the security forces, our sources have identified Kapila Jayesekara, Superintendent of Police, Trincomalee, as having planned the outrage. Jayasekera, we learn, was earlier with the STF in Amparai, and was there during the Kanjirankuda incident in October 2002, when 7 civilians were killed by STF fire (Bulletin No.29). Our contacts said that the recent executions by the STF in Trincomalee were carried out by Inspector of Police Perera.

Our contacts believe the STF men were inside the trishaw from which the bomb was thrown, and which subsequently went in the direction of Fort Frederick where the STF men are said to have been quartered. The police truck in which they came to commit the crime had been parked in the old police station near the post office, quite close to where the youths were killed.

The role of the Police at a high level is also indicated by the fact that even after the magistrate released the bodies to the parents, the Police unit at the hospital tried to prevent them, demanding that they sign a false declaration stating that their sons were Tigers. Policemen are simple persons taught to do a straightforward routine job. When they play up and do something utterly stupid, it means that they have received unprofessional orders from the top and are lost.

- UTHR (Jaffna) Special Report No: 20

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