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.
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.”
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.
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.
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