12 STF personnel remanded over Trincomalee massacre

12 STF personnel remanded over Trincomalee massacre

July 5, 2013   06:44 am

Twelve Special Task Force (STF) personnel of the Police remanded by the Trincomalee Magistrate Court till July 18 due to their alleged involvement in killing five students in Trincomalee in 2006, police said today.

The suspects, an ASP and 11 Constables, were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday and produced at court.

Trincomalee Chief Magistrate U.L.M. Azhar ordered that they be held in remand custody at the Anuradhapura Prison.

The arrested Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) was an Inspector serving in the Trincomalee area during the period when five students were shot and killed in the beach near the Trincomalee Naval Dockyard and Fort Fredrick.

The five Tamil students selected for university were killed On January 2, 2006.

Kasipillai Manoharan the father of Manoharan Rajigar one of those killed attended the UN Human Rights Council annual review meeting in March this year to demand justice for the murder.

 Manoharan was not able to continue his address, as he was sobbing midway and apologized stating he could not proceed.
Kasippillai Manoharan, in his speech said, my son Rajigar is one of the five university students assassinated at Trincomalee. On behalf of the five students I am asking justice. Seven years have gone after the brutal killings of the students, but so far justice was not served, he said.
Minister Samarasinghe after his address made a statement that the investigation against the killings in Trincomalee is in a state of coming to a conclusion.

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