INDICTMENT AGAINST SRI LANKA
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...in the Shadow of the Ceasefire: 2002 - 2007
Grenade attack on Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation
Office in Batticaloa
- TRO Press Release, 28 September 2005 - For more
information please contact: Arjunan Ethirveerasingam, TRO
Information Officer, 077 674 6594,
[email protected], 410/112 Bullers Road, Colombo 7
approximately 8:45 PM this evening an unidentified armed
group attacked the
Batticaloa District Office on Station Road in Batticaloa
The attackers threw grenades into the compound and then entered
the compound and began to fire automatic weapons at
office staff. For the next 35 minutes the attack
At the time of the attack two (2) TRO Technical Officers
and the TRO watcher, Mr. Vellaiuthapillai were in the
office. There were also two (2) Officers from the Sri
Lanka Police stationed near the office.
It is with immense sadness that TRO must announce that
Mr. Vellaiuthapillai, the long serving TRO Batticaloa
Watcher, was killed during this attack. TRO condemns
this cold-blooded murder of an unarmed man in the
employment of a registered Sri Lankan charity.
The two TRO Technical Officers were injured and are
being treated at the hospital. One of the police offices
was also injured and has been taken to the hospital.
TRO is shocked that this attack has occurred in the
heart of the Batticaloa Town where there is a large Sri
Lankan military and police presence with numerous police
stations, military camps, checkpoints, and patrols. The
attack continued for 35 minutes without the military or
a significant number of police responding. It is
difficult for civilians to travel through Batticaloa at
night and TRO is surprised by how easily the attackers
The previous attack on TRO Batticaloa District Office
took place on June 13, 2005 at 8:50 pm and occurred in a
similar manner with grenades and automatic weapons fire.
The perpetrators of that attack are still at large and
there has been no investigation by the authorities.
This is the 4th attack on the TRO Batticaloa District
Office since the Ceasefire Agreement between the LTTE
and the Government of Sri Lanka. Thus far there have
been no arrests for any of the attacks. TRO strongly
urges the authorities to fully investigate these
instances of terrorism and bring the perpetrators to
TRO is a
that works with the Government of Sri Lanka, the LTTE,
International NGOs, UN Agencies, foreign governments,
and local NGOs to provide relief, rehabilitation,
development and reconstruction to the war and tsunami
affected people of the NorthEast.
The TRO family wishes to express the utmost sympathy to
the friends and family of Mr. Vellaiuthapillai. Our
thoughts are with you.