Nine years and still no justice for Tamil murders in Lanka

Trincomalee photo courtesy: Mayooresan — Wikimedia Commons

When five Tamil students sat on a Trinco beach back in 2006, a grenade was thrown, injuring three. The Lankan Special Task Force along with the Superintendent of Police, soon arrived wearing face masks. They beat the boys with rifle butts, removed them from the beach and dumped them on the road near the Ghandi statue at a roundabout where they shot them.

The government tried to cover up the incident saying the students were killed by an explosion until a journalist published photos of the victims clearly showing gun shot wounds. This journalist was shot soon after the publication.

All witnesses were intimidated and only the father of one of the victims spoke out, leading to further intimidation of his remaining sons until the family fled Lanka.

Nine years later, no one has been charged.

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