Kalyanapura, Gomarankadawala Massacre on 23 April 2006

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Gomarankadawala funerals was held at Kalyanapura temple - According to the above picture Chandrawathi, mother of 16-year old Lalith Bandara, grieves during his funeral at a Buddhist temple in Kalyanipura, a village close to Trincomalee, Gomarankadawala area, Tuesday, April 25, 2006. LTTE terrorists killed and kidnapped six Sinhala farmers raising fears of communal violence that could lead to renew civil war.The murders took place in Kallampaththuwa, Gomarankadawala in the district of Trincomalee at 4.50 PM on the 23rd April 2006, where communal riots flamed up following repeated claymore attacks by the LTTE. "The farmers were working in their paddy fields when they were taken and shot," said military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe adding that the LTTE is trying to create a backlash among communities. According to the Morawewa Police, the dead bodies were taken to the Morawewa hospital. Four of them are students of the Gomarankadawala Maha Viddyalaya. According to the H.A.A.Chaminda, the Provincial Secretary, Gomarankadawala, Following are the details of the victims by the LTTE terrorists attack in Kallampaththuwa, Gomarankadawala. 1. Abeseenage Aruna shantha, Age 19 , Student; 2. Rupasinhege Eranda Sandaruwan Rupasingha, Age 17 , Student; 3. Dissanayakage Lalith Kumara Dissanayake, Age 16 , Student; 4. Ariyawanshage Ajith Kumara, Age 19 , Student; 5. Dinapalage Wasantha Kumara, Age 29, Farmer; 6. Muthubandage Chaminda Prashantha bandara, Age 27 , Village Guard; According to the eye witnesses, the LTTE terrorists were escaped, towards the Namal Waththa tamil village and according to villages, the terrorists gang consist of 16- 18 age carders (Full report in SinhelaNet).

LTTE carnage at Gomarankadawala: Its significance  - The brutal massacre of six innocent Sinhalese farmers which included three students who were working in their family paddy fields at Gomarankadawala in the Kaddukulam Pattu in the Trincomalee district last week is a pointer that, as far as the LTTE is concerned, the Eelam War IV is on, on all fronts, except open confrontation with the armed forces using heavy arms, whatever those who do not want to see the reality may say. (As I write the news reached me that a LTTE suicide bomber had subjected the Army Commander himself to a bomb attack! and the security forces have engaged in retaliatory attacks on Sampur area with naval and aerial bombardment). It is clear to any one who follows LTTE strategy carefully that the CFA which resulted after the unilateral ceasefire declared by the LTTE was a camouflage designed to rebuild its depleted forces on the one hand; and settle internal contradictions within its fold which were unfolding at the time and later manifested itself after the breakaway of the Karuna faction in the East, on the other hand. The elimination of a few Eastern leaders who went to the Vanni foolishly when summoned by Prabhakaran did not remove these contradictions. Now that the LTTE has achieved its objective of beefing up its armed forces with more child recruitments and military training given to civilians (that is the political work it did under the CFA) and the arsenal of weapons including the building up of an air wing, all indications are that it is ready for the final battle. Dayan Jayatilake, writing in the Sunday Observer of April 23rd 2006, pointed out, that the timing is meant to coincide with the 30th year of the LTTE coming into existence. These wars have their planned cycles, so it seems, and the one who determines the time and the place is none but the "Supreme Leader" (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Gomarankadawala: “We need more security say villagers - Villagers in Gomarankadawala in the Trincomalee District still live in fear in the aftermath of the brutal slaying of six villagers last Sunday. “Some of us spend the nights in the jungles as we fear that we may be attacked again. We need more security to live in our homes,” one villager lamented. The six youth including two schoolboys were trying to retrieve a tractor that had got stuck in the mud, when suddenly a group of suspected LTTE cadres gunned them down, villagers said. “The tractor was bringing harvested paddy when it got stuck in the mud. They were trying to pull it out when they came under attack. The dead were identified as M.D.Chaminda Prasanna Bandara (27), A.Anura Shantha Abeysena (19), R.Eranda Sandaruwan Rupasena (15), D.Lalith Bandara Dissanayake (15), Ajith Kumara Ariywwansa, (19) and D.Wasantha kumara (24). Chaminda Bandara was a home guard attached to the Gomarankadawala police while Anura Shantha and Ajith Kumara were students of Kalyanapura Vidyalaya. Sandaruwan Rupasena and Lalith Bandara were 0/Level students.An eye witness said that the suspected LTTErs had come from behind and shot them. Visibility was poor because the area was covered with thick smoke as a result of the gun fire. The suspects had dissapeared into the surrounding jungle soon after the shooting. All six victims died on the spot (Full report in Sunday Times).

Is this the Honorable Peace for innocent Sinhalese? - LTTE terrorists killed and kidnapped six Sinhala farmers raising fears of communal violence that could lead to renew civil war.The murders took place in Kallampaththuwa, Gomarankadawala in the district of Trincomalee at 4.50 PM on the 23rd April 2006, where communal riots flamed up following repeated claymore attacks by the LTTE. "The farmers were working in their paddy fields when they were taken and shot," said military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe adding that the LTTE is trying to create a backlash among communities. According to the Morawewa Police, the dead bodies were taken to the Morawewa hospital. Four of them are students of the Gomarankadawala Maha Viddyalaya. According to the H.A.A.Chaminda, the Provincial Secretary, Gomarankadawala, Following are the details of the victims by the LTTE terrorists attack in Kallampaththuwa, Gomarankadawala. 1. Abeseenage Aruna shantha, Age 19 , Student 2. Rupasinhege Eranda Sandaruwan Rupasingha, Age 17 , Student 3. Dissanayakage Lalith Kumara Dissanayake, Age 16 , Student 4. Ariyawanshage Ajith Kumara, Age 19 , Student 5. Dinapalage Wasantha Kumara, Age 29, Farmer 6. Muthubandage Chaminda Prashantha bandara, Age 27 , Village Guard. According to the eye witnesses, the LTTE terrorists were escaped, towards the Namal Waththa tamil village and according to villages, the terrorists gang consist of 16- 18 age carders.

Farmer killing, a deliberate act of terrorism: Govt. - In a deliberate act of terrorism directed against the civilian population, LTTE cadres have reported to have brutally killed six farmers on April 23 evening at Kallanpattu in the Gomarankaduwela area in the Trincomalee district, government said in a press statement yesterday. The statement issued by the Director of Information Anusha Palpita said: “This massacre of innocent farmers while attending to the paddy fields is another attempt by the LTTE to instigate a communal backlash in the Trincomalee district. “The indiscriminate bombing of the Trincomalee market on April 12, 2006, and the intensified campaign of attacks against the security forces, police and home guards is deliberate and orchestrated strategy of the LTTE, to trigger a communal backlash which it hopes to exploit to its own advantage locally and to a greater extent internationally. “Such acts of violence is being carried out at a time when the Government, the Norwegian facilitator and the SLMM are making all efforts to convene the second round of talks in Geneva. “The Government has taken all necessary measures to ensure that law and order is maintained in the face of such provocative acts. The Government calls on the people not to fall trap to this dangerous agenda with vested interests. “The international community, specially the European Union together with the Co-Chair members are strongly expected to follow-through with the intended consequences as a deterrent measure to prevent further acts of terrorism being perpetrated by the LTTE - with impunity.” 

Gomarankadawala tense - Tension was reported from the Gomarankadawala area yesterday in the aftermath of the killing of 6 farmers allegedly by the LTTE cadres, police said. They said some villagers were leaving the area in fear but police and armed forces were maintaining tight security in the area. The security forces and the police have launched a cordoned and search operation in the area to arrest the killers.

LTTE accused of killing farmers to provoke riots - The Sri Lankan military on Monday accused Tamil rebels of slaughtering six Sinhalese rice farmers working in their fields to provoke race riots between the two ethnic groups. In other violence, government troops shot and killed two ethnic Tamil rebels after coming under attack in eastern Batticaloa, the Defence Ministry said. Separately, the rebels killed two policemen in the latest attack in northern Vavuniya, a police spokesman said. The latest bloodshed is part of an upsurge in violence that has left at least 79 people dead this month, 42 of them soldiers or police, placing the country's four-year-old ceasefire in jeopardy. The rebels last week backed out of the latest round peace talks that were scheduled to start on Monday in Geneva, citing attacks on ethnic Tamil civilians and other disputes with the government. The army on Monday identified the bodies of the six found in the northeastern Trincomalee district the day before. "With the sinister motive of triggering communal clashes, LTTE terrorists brutally gunned down six innocent Sinhalese farmers who were in their paddy fields," the army said on its website, calling the rebels by their formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. "LTTE terrorists appeared to be now resorting to these types of senseless killings with the intention of provoking the Sinhalese community for a repetition of ethnic clashes," said the statement. Earlier, the police had said the bodies bore multiple cut wounds, not gunshot wounds. In the eastern region of Batticaloa, rebels allegedly triggered an anti-personnel mine Monday while government soldiers were clearing a route ahead of a trip by military vehicles, said military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe.

Six farmers shot dead as violence continues in the east - Suspected LTTE cadres yesterday evening gunned down six farmers aged 17 – 25, among them 3 students at Kallampattu in Gomarankadawala, military said. Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said around 4.50 pm, a group of armed LTTE men stormed Kallampattu village and brutally shot and killed six civilians, who were returning after farming. Brigadier Samarasinghe said “the Tigers made a futile attempt to create a communal backlash in Trincomalee few days ago, and this killing is also a part of the same plot to create such a backlash”. Meanwhile, at least three Tigers were killed and six security forces personnel injured in the latest round of violence in the east yesterday. Military sources said that in the early hours of yesterday, two LTTE cadres were shot dead by the security forces, when the Tigers attempted a hand grenade attack at Waternkattu in Kantale. A homeguard injured in the attack was admitted to Kurunegala hospital. Sources said that security forces conducting a search operation noticed two suspicious persons near the Peratuweli railway crossing. While being checked, one of them suddenly threw a hand grenade, when the troops fired at them, killing two LTTE cadres instantly. Troops later recovered 500 grams of explosives, four hand grenades, two 9mm magazines, cameras, 49 rounds of T-56 ammunition, and 15 metres of wire from their possession. In Batticaloa, at least three policemen were injured yesterday evening, when LTTE cadres threw a hand grenade into the the Batticaloa police station. Soon after the incident, security forces, assisted by the police, launched a cordon and search operation in the area. In Kappalthurai in Trincomalee, air force personnel on a search operation in the early hours of yesterday, shot and killed an LTTEer, when they were attacked with hand grenades and small arms fire. Later, troops recovered three hand grenades along with a stock of explosives from the scene.

LTTE Terrorists Gun Down Six Farmers At Work Expecting Backlash - TRINCOMALEE : WITH THE SINISTER MOTIVE OF TRIGGERING COMMUNAL CLASHES, LTTE terrorists on Sunday (23) evening at about 5.00 p.m. brutally gunned down six innocent Sinhalese farmers who were in their paddy fields at KALLANPATTU, GOMARANKADAWALA in TRINCOMALEE, preparing the ground for next seasonal cultivation. Armed LTTE terrorists indiscriminately fired on those farmers who were from neighbouring villages. One Home Guard who also does farming during leisure was also among those slain farmers. LTTE terrorists appeared to be now resorting to these types of senseless killings with the intention of provoking the Sinhalese community for a repetition of ethnic clashes.
The SLMM was to be informed. The MORAWEWA Police rushed to the scene and commenced investigations.

Statement Issued by admiral Daya Sandagiri, chief of defence staff - Most recent despicable conduct of the LTTE, in a manner that calls its bona fides and dedication for peaceful resolution of the issues into question, at a time when the Government, with the utmost responsibility is sincerely preparing itself for the proposed talks, is viewed with a deep sense of revulsion, since it goes against those very expectations, judged on the basis of LTTE’s endless killings and violence, being perpetrated continuously against the members of the Armed forces, the Police, Security Forces, Civil society and LTTE political rivals. In the recent past, the LTTE with their tactful and organized machination unleashed violence on innocent Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim civilians in remote hamlets living quite close to the threatened villages in government controlled areas with the express sinister motive of provoking the Sinhalese to attack on their fellow-civilians, thereby triggering off an angry backlash on communal lines. This was amply evident when all the hallmarks of LTTE provocations in the eastern province are closely scrutinized. Further, the LTTE, through their astute and evil plans meted out criminal acts on villages where innocent Tamils predominated and instead, blamed the Security Forces and their rivals for such violence, again with a view to flaring up communal passions that would lead to blood-shedding These deliberate atrocities are committed purely to discredit the Security Forces and the Police, and also to meticulously bring disrepute and embarrassment to the Government after the LTTE conveniently washed their hands of the situation afterwards. Brutal LTTE violence and terrorism that was renewed after 5th December last year has to-date claimed the precious lives of 64 Army personnel, 36 Sailors of the Sri Lanka Navy, 04 Airmen of the Sri Lanka Air Force, 10 Police officers, 07 Home Guards. In addition, 244 Armed service and Police personnel were wounded in LTTE violence, some of who have been even rendered disable. In the wake of those mounting brutal and barbaric LTTE onslaughts, the Sri Lankan Armed Forces as well as the Police have conducted themselves in an exemplary manner showing the highest degree of patience, discipline and restraint as professionals. Our sacred salute goes to all those heroic members of the Armed Forces and the Police, who have made the supreme sacrifice on behalf of the Motherland. Likewise, our deep condolences and thoughts are also with the next of kin of all those fallen members of the Security Forces and the Police.

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