TAMIL LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILLOR IN SINHALESE MAJORITY AREA SHOT DEAD BY SUSPECTED TAMIL TIGERS
By Walter Jayawardhana
A.N. Muthulingam, a Tamil Deputy Chairman of Moneragala Pradeshiya
Sabha , a local government authority bordering Eastern Province has
been assassinated by suspected assassins of the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) . \
Moneragala, although not in the Eastern Province, but in the Province
of Uva, where places like Buttala, Katharagama and Moneragala have been
the target of the Tamil Tigers who are supposed to be hiding in the
adjacent Eastern jungles after the Tigers lost Eastern Province.
Muthulingam, an ethnic Tamil who was elected to the local body in the
Sinhalese majority area also belonged to the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom
Party, led by President Rajapaksa.
When the victim was at his residence in Moneragala town, the
unidentified assassin came in a van and shot him with a pistol about
6.15 p.m. , March 29, the Police said.
Muthulingam who was an indigenous medical practitioner was attending
to his work at the time of the shooting, the police said.
Though the victims was taken to the hospital at Moneragala immediately,
he succumbed to the injuries , police said.
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