Policeman injured in Jaffna shooting, passes away

Policeman injured in Jaffna shooting, passes away

July 23, 2017   09:39 am

The Police officer injured in the shooting incident in Nallur passed away at the Jaffna hospital today (23).

An unidentified gunman had opened fire at the vehicle of Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illanchelian in Nallur, Jaffna yesterday (22). 

Police  spokesman said that Justice Illanchelian was unharmed following the shooting and that, however one police officer had sustained injuries.
 
The incident had reportedly occurred at around 5.30pm yesterday (22) near the Nallur Kovil in Jaffna while the shooter had targeted the vehicle the judge was traveling in.  

The injured police officer was on the motorcycle traveling behind the vehicle of the judge. He was admitted to the Jaffna Hospital where he underwent surgery.  

Jaffna Police is currently investigating the incident.
 
Justice Illanchelian is the sitting judge in the high profile case of the murder of schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vidya in Jaffna.

The 18-year-old student from Pungudutivu was abducted, raped and murdered while returning from school on May 13, 2015.

The incident sparked wide-spread condemnation and protests especially in her hometown of Jaffna while 9 suspects were arrested and indicted over the murder. 

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