Deaths caused by gunshot injuries -Trinco Magistrate
By Trincomalee corr Sinniah Gurunathan
A verdict of death due to gunshot injuries was recorded by the Trincomalee Magistrate V. Ramakamalan at the conclusion of the magisterial inquest held into the killing of five Tamil youths on the night of January 2 in the Trincomalee sea beach area.

Delivering his order on Wednesday the magistrate said, “The court has held that an offence had been committed in this instance. Therefore the Court directs the Police to conduct further investigations and produce the suspects in court.”

The inquest proceedings were held in the Trincomalee Magistrate’s court on January 10, 16, 17 and 18 into the deaths of Manoharan Rajihar, Thangathurai Sivanantha, Yogarajah Hemachchandran, Shanmugarajah Sajeendran and Logithasan Rohanth, all old boys of Sri Koneswara Hindu College, Trincomalee who passed the GCE A/L Examination in 2004 and 2005. Two had been enrolled in the Moratuwa University while others were awaiting university admission.

The evidence of parents of the deceased students, and Police and Navy officers who were on duty on the day of the incident were recorded. Trincomalee General Hospital JMO Dr. Gamini Kulathunge who held the postmortem on the bodies also gave evidence. He said according to the post mortem examination the deaths had been caused by gunshot injuries. The bullets fired at them from above had pierced their vital organs causing death instantaneously, he said.

A four-member legal team from the Attorney General Department headed by Senior State Counsel D. Livera and the Deputy Solicitor General led evidence at the inquest with the assistance of the Trincomalee Police. Attorney A. Jegasothy watched the interests of the aggrieved parties.

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