Police say family defied LTTE orders
Police probing Friday’s massacre of a family
of four in Mannar claimed yesterday the LTTE carried out the barbaric
act because they refused to take part in claymore mine attacks aimed
at army vehicles and tipped off the security forces about the whereabouts
of a Tiger bomb expert.
“Our investigations show that Moorthy Martin
had been approached by the LTTE several times to plant a claymore
mine on the Vankalia road to destroy an Army convoy that passed
that area frequently as his house is at the end of the road.
“Despite the threats, he had refused to
comply with the LTTE. He was later approached by an explosives expert
of the LTTE identified as Kundudasan.
“But he had tipped off the army about Kundudasan’s
whereabouts. Kundudasan’s body was later found on the Mannar
coast,” Mannar’s Senior Superintendent L.B.A Tennakoon
said. The assailants had come around midnight and had hacked the
family to death. The body of the farther and the two children killed
were found hung on the ceiling while the mother lay dead on the
The victims were identified as Moorthy Martin
(35), Marry Madeline (27), their daughter Anne Nixon (9) and son
A. Luxica (7).
The family, once displaced as refugees in India,
had returned during the Ceasefire and resettled in the village,
residents told the police.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday night expressed
great concern over the killing as it had occurred in the government-controlled
area and ordered a full investigation into the incident.
The pro-LTTE TamilNet, meanwhile blamed the security
forces for the killing.
The funerals were held in Mannar last evening.