The incident referred to as Trincomalee massacre
in 2006 happened when five(5) minority Sri Lankan Tamil
high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and then shot dead.
Murder of students happened on January 2, 2006. Initially the Sri Lankan police and the government claimed these students were, in fact, LTTE
terrorists killed in a premature detonation of a grenade
that they were about lob into government troops.
Sri Lankan government
The government claims were contradicted by the results of the local coroner
, who said that they were killed by gun shot wound in execution style. Although a court case is still pending, a Human Rights
agency known as UTHR
accused that a local police superintendent as the mastermind of the operation to kill the students.
The official inquiry into this incident is still undergoing and Special Task Force
personnel have been questioned thus far and no progress has been reported in apprehending the culprits.
Related to the incident
The only witness who came forward is the target of threats to his safety Dr. Manoharan
, the father of one of the victims, has been threatened by some elements of the Sri Lankan security forces. Human Rights Watch
has called on the government to provide adequate... Read More