killed in Vavuniya blast; policeman detained by LTTE
A soldier from the Seventh Battalion of the Sri Lanka Light Infantry
and an EPDP cadre were killed in a claymore mine blast while six
others were injured outside the EPDP office in Vavuniya last morning.
In another incident, a police constable attached to the Muttur station
was detained by the LTTE yesterday.
soldier, who was involved in intelligence work, was identified as
Rukman Edward, 31, and the EPDP cadre as Ganakumar Kannan, 28. Police
said they believed that the claymore mine had been set on Friday
night and was exploded by a remote control device. The blast went
off at 11.20 a.m. Among the injured was another soldier Ajith de
Silva. Others injured were all EPDP cadres. District Judge M. Ilancheliyan
conducted a on-the-spot inquiry while Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission
(SLMM) officials visited the scene.
another incident, a Tamil youth was shot dead in Aralaganvila, while
his two associates were reported missing. One of the missing persons
is identified as an LTTE member.
a Mutur police constable who was travelling after duty in civvies
had been stopped by the LTTE when the ferry in which he was travelling
was forced to pass an LTTE - controlled area due to the heavy winds.
LTTE cadres on shore had carried out a check on the passengers on
the ferry and found that his uniform and cap were in a bag.
had detained him and told the man operating the ferry to return
to take the constable. The ferry operator had lodged a complaint
to the police and returned to take the constable, but was told that
they could not release him and would do so only after orders were
received from their leaders. Police has lodged a complaint to the
Scandinavian monitors in the area.