Sunday, January 01, 2006

Progress of Genocide: Figures for December 2005

Progress of Genocide: Figures for December 2005

December was the deadliest month for Tamil civilians during the four year old cease fire in Sri Lanka, and the death toll for the first time has risen to war time levels.

At least 35 Tamil civilians were killed this month, reflecting a steady increase in civilian deaths since the election victory of the extremist coalition headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 17.

Revitalised Sri Lanka Army (SLA), Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Sri Lanka Intelligence (SLI) have embarked on a systematic campaign to terrorise and subjugate the Tamil community.

Ages of the victims vary from one year to 65 years. Men and women were targeted equally. People were brutally murdered while working, travelling, eating, sleeping and even praying.

Below is a comprehensive list of all recorded violent incidents committed against the Tamil community by the Sri Lanka defence apparatus during the month of December.

Day

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01

Two farmers Mr. Kunaratnam Krishnakumar (34) and Mr. Sinnaiah Sivakaran (24) involved in decorating the streets during the Martyrs remembrance week were attacked at a tea shop by SLMI.

Mr. K. Rooban (24) was wounded.

Jaffna

2

1

0

02

EPDP armed gang (a wing of the SLMI) hit an auto-rickshaw using a four wheel drive vehicle, at Pannai bridge.

Protesters shouting anti EPDP slogans were seriously assaulted by the gunmen.

Jaffna

0

5

0

03

Mr. Mohaideen, a Tamil speaking Muslim was shot to death. Mr. Ilanko (38) from Pallikudiyiruppu, was knifed to death. Mr. Ramlingam (48) was also knifed to death.

Local residents claimed that all three attacks were carried out by SLMI.

Trinco

3

0

0

03

Mr. L. Gopiraj (29) from Alvaddey was seriously wounded when SLA soldiers opened fire.

Jaffna

0

1

0

03

Sri Lankan soldiers attacked the civilian travellers along the A9 highway in Chavakacheri.

Jaffna

0

3

0

05

SLA soldiers opened fire on protesting students from Heartly College and Methodist Girls School.

Jaffna

0

4

0

06

Mr. Nizwan (22) and Mr. Rizwan (32) were shot dead by SLMI.

Batticaloa

2

0

0

09

Mr. S. Samsudeen (53) a Muslim civilian employed as watcher at a timber shop in Punnaikudah was shot dead.

Mr. Mohammed Asanar (55) who was sleeping inside his restaurant, was wounded.

Local residents said that the SLMI was responsible.

Batticaloa

1

1

0

10

Jeeva Chandrasegaran (25) and Sasikumar Krishnapillai (31) were abducted from their homes before being murdered by the SLMI.

Batticaloa

2

0

0

13

Mr. Thambirasa Thambymuthu (29) a father of two children, from Eravur and Mr. Chandran Kandasamy (22) were abducted from their homes before being murdered by the SLMI.

Batticaloa

2

0

2

13

SLA arrested a youth who was involved in brokering motor bike sales. Youth is still in custody, according to reports.

Jaffna

0

0

1

14

Three youth missing, following search operation by SLA.

Mannar

0

0

3

14

Seven youths were detained for further questioning by the SLA in Mandan area. However, the SLA has not officially released any information on the detention

Jaffna

0

0

7

16

A decomposed body of a woman, in her twenties, was found at Nasivanthivu. Residents noted of increased SLA activities in the area prior to the discovery.

Batticaloa

1

0

0

17

The body of Miss. Tharsini Ilayathambi (20), the young woman from Punguduthivu 7th district, who disappeared on Friday, was found in an abandoned well near the SLN Camp.

She had been gang raped and tortured before being strangled to death.

The body was discovered by civilians who set out on search inside the no-go HSZ area Saturday and reported troopers shoeprints around the well.

Jaffna

1

0

0

18

Mr. P. Varatharajah (55) from 7th division of Punguduthivu was seriously injured when SLN opened fire on civilians protesting the rape and murder of Miss. Tharsini by the SLN.

Jaffna

0

1

0

18

Drivers of auto-rickshaws at Irupalai junction were attacked again by the SLA, in retaliation for complaining to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) when SLA soldiers had attacked them and forced them away from the junction threatening them not to return.

Jaffna

0

3

0

18

Rasaratnam Puhalasri (33) an employee at an ice cream parlor at the Parameswara junction was severely injured when SLA attacked civilians around the Jaffna campus.

Jaffna

0

1

0

19

SLA opened fire at a peaceful demonstration march by Jaffna University students and staff, wounding at least seven demonstrators including Prof. N. Perinpanathan, a Senior Lecturer, and a student leader of the medical faculty T. Kandeepan. Professor C. Mohanadas, the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University, Prof. R. Sivchandran, Dean of Arts, and S. Kajendran, Jaffna MP were severely beaten by the soldiers.

Jaffna

0

7

0

20

SLA troopers who entered the premises of the University of Jaffna Tuesday noon opened fire, charged tear gas and attacked the students. The soldiers arrested Mr. Manickavasagar Ilampirayan, the lecturer of physical education and a student, Mr. Gowri Senthooran, university staff said.

Jaffna

0

0

1

20

SLA soldiers attacked a group of more than one hundred auto-rickshaw drivers and their vehicles. They had assembled in Jaffna town in a protest by the Auto-Owners Union in support of a colleague injured by the SLA

Jaffna

0

4

0

22

Mr K. Navaratnam (47), Jaffna district organizer for Tamil Resurgence Task force, was shot dead by SLA.

Jaffna

1

0

0

22

Thevaratnam Maheswaran (31), Francis Xavier Anustan (28), I. Nishanthan (28) and K. Theivendram (39) were severely beaten by SLA soldiers on KKS Road

Jaffna

0

4

0

22

SLN arrested seven Tamil fishermen Thursday morning when they were returning to the shore after night-fishing.

Mannar

0

0

7

23

Vallinayagi Thambirajah (18) was killed at the spot and her father Kandasamy Thambirajah (51) wounded in his legs when attempted abduction by SLMI was foiled.

Batticaloa

1

1

0

23

Ms K Malar (31) and K Rajathurai (64) were seriously injured when SLA opened indiscriminate fire.

Ms Malar succumbed to her injuries at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.

Jaffna

1

1

0

23

SLN soldiers entered the settlement of Internally Displaced People (IDP), the Victoria Hundred Houses scheme, and attacked the civilians with batons, bike-chains and shoes after tying their hands and legs.

Mannar

0

28

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24

Ms Vigneswary (29) of Vankalai complained to the Mannar Citizen Committee that her husband, Nadarajah Yogeswaran (33), was abducted by the SLN.

Mannar

0

0

1

24

The young woman, who was shot and killed by the SLA soldiers and dressed up with denim trousers, was identified as a heart patient, Ms Parameswari Somasundaram (26) who had come to Jaffna Hospital for treatment from Konavil in Kilinochchi. Two other remaining bodies were also identified as belonging to civilians from Kanakarayankulam and Pallai. Two bodies were earlier identified as belonging to a night watcher and a garage worker in Kottady. The Sri Lanka Military spokesman in Colombo had claimed that the five persons were gunmen who were shot by the SLA and that troopers had recovered weapons from the victims.

Jaffna

5

0

0

25

Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, a senior Tamil politician and the Batticaloa district Member of Parliament (MP) of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was shot and killed by two SLMI gunmen at St. Mary's co-cathedral church in Batticaloa town while attending Christmas prayers early morning at 1.20 a.m.

The MP's wife, Mrs. Sugunam Pararajasingham, seriously wounded in the gunfire, was rushed to Batticaloa Hospital in critical condition. Seven more persons were injured in the gunfire.

Batticaloa

1

8

0

25

Four persons of two neighbouring families, a 43 years-old couple, Mr Emmanuel Cruz and Mrs. Anthonicam Cruz, and Theresa Cruz, a mother and her four-year-old boy Dilakshan Cruz were burnt to death by the SLN.

Mannar

4

0

0

25

Two civilians from, who went to hunt wild boars –a Christmas day tradition- in shrub jungles close to the Palaly High Security Zone (HSZ) armed with shotguns, were shot dead by Sri Lanka Army.

In another incident, Ariyaratnam Kanagarasa (65) from Siththankerny in Jaffna a retired bakery worker was shot dead by SLA gunmen.

Jaffna

3

0

0

26

SLA shot and killed two Tamil youths at Santhiveli.

Batticaloa

2

0

0

26

SLMI shot dead Mr.Ramanan and knifed Mr.Wijeseelan to death in two separate incidents.

Trinco

2

0

0

26

Mr. Satheeskumar, was shot and seriously wounded by SLMI

Ampaarai

0

1

0

26

Following an unprovoked attack on two traders at the Irupalai junction by the SLA soldier, Irupalai traders union called for a boycott and closed their shops in protest.

Jaffna

0

2

0

27

Mr. Nallathamby Thangarajah (40), from Polikandy, Ms. Sivagowri Subramaniam (24), from Puloly and Mr. Kandiah Subramaniam (53) from Thumpalai, were wounded and transferred to Jaffna Hospital after the SLA opened indiscriminate fire.

Jaffna

0

3

0

27

Joseph Christurajah (48), Saverian Sreesilvester (48), Kajanbert Kongland (28), Murugathas Theeparooban (19), from Kaithady East, Nunaval, Jeyapalaratnam Prasanth (19), from Katpakapillayar Road, Uduvil and Joseph Sutharan (48) from Sandilippay have not returned home after being arrested by the SLA soldiers.

SLA denied arresting them in the first place. Relatives have reported to Jaffna Human Rights organisation.

Jaffna

0

0

0

28

Yogarajah Gajendran (21) from Kolumbuthurai, Ariyalai, and Paranchothy Theepan (27) from Kanduvil Veethy, Ariyalai were shot dead by SLA.

Jaffna

2

0

0

29

Thambirajah Arul Ajanthan (16) was shot dead in his home by SLMI.

The youth’s brother was involved in decorating the streets during Heroes’ day ceremonies.

Jaffna

1

0

0

31

Jeyaseelan Yogalingam (28) a father of a four month old child was shot dead by SLMI.

Jaffna

1

0

0

Total

38

79

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