This girl in Welikanda cries for her father who was among the twelve people killed by the LTTE last Tuesday. Pic by Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi (Details).
The horror and the tears of the Welikanda massacre are captured in this picture where an aunt consoles her little niece over the death of her father. Pic by Raj Weerasinghe.
The twelve workers who were killed and the two who escaped death in the alleged Tiger attack at Omadiyamadu in the Welikanda area were engaged in an irrigation canal construction project for the Mahaweli Authority undertaken by a contractor.
The contractor was a businessman from Welikanda named P.G.A. Abeysuriya. Aged 50, he was popularly known as Mahadan Mudalali and was the president of the Traders’ Association there.
On May 29, the workers stopped work as usual around 5.00 pm. Suddenly, around 15 uniformed Tigers, armed with T 56 rifles are said to have surrounded the place.
What happened thereafter was known only to Upali Rajakaruna who escaped death and trudged to the Welikanda Police station and Priyadarshana Wijebandara who was admitted to the Polonnaruwa Hospital.
It was with injured Wijebandara’s tip-off that the security forces could initiate the Welikanda massacre investigations. According to Mr. Wijebandara, the LTTE surrounded them when they were about to get onto the tractor after completion of the day’s work.
“There were all 13 of us, including Mr. Abeysooriya, the contractor. The LTTE took us to Omadiyamadu from Ransaratenna. We were shot after we were made to kneel down, lined up and our hands were tied at the back. I escape after they left the place,” Mr. Wijebandara recollected.
“It was 2.00 pm when I reported for work after returning from my home at Galnewa, where I had gone on leave. Around 4.30 pm when the workers were getting ready to go home, about 15 Tigers came and surrounded the place.
“They tied our hands behind our backs. They did not instill any fear in us. They took our money and asked us how the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government was faring. Then suddenly I was shot and down I went. The blood of the man next to me was all over my body.
“I pretended to be dead. I saw one of my fellow-workers trying to get up and crying in pain. Around 7.00 pm I got up and left the place and walked to a Tamil populated village and from there to Welikanda,” Upali Rajakaruna said.
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When the Police and SLMM visited the place it was already full with the public and reporters.
About 100 families were settled in Ranseratenna after it was named the Mahaweli B Zone. However, following the constant LTTE attacks, it became almost uninhabited, with all the paddy-fields being abandoned.
Omadiyamadu, located north of Ranseratenna is not under government control. Its residents live in constant fear that their children would become forced recruits of the LTTE and also being an area targeted by the Army.
P.G.A. Abeysuriya was awarded the Rs. 80 million Saudi Arabia-funded contract by the Authority. He recruited a large workforce from villages on a daily wage of Rs. 350.
Seven Mahaweli farmers from Maithregama village joined the workforce. Young men from Monaratenna village joined the team as tractor drivers.
Working hours were from 7.00 am to 4.30 pm. The workers resided 10 to 15 kms away from their site located about 20 kms from Welikanda in the Vakarai Grama Niladhari division.
The closest police station was at Valaichchenai. Though the area was supposed to be close to Tiger territory, the labourers went on with their work sans fear. However two residents of Mahasengama are reported to have been absent for two days due to the LTTE threats.
A relative of one of the dead men said the area was not suitable for farming. According to him leaders like D.S. Senanayake were of the opinion that this area was good only for growing trees as raw material for the Valaichchenai paper factory. He added that the people had left the area in fear of the Tigers.
Meanwhile, LTTE Eastern area chief Daya Mohan categorically denied the allegations that it was involved in the incident, stating that LTTE had no need of massacring innocent civilians.
The magisterial inquiry on the deaths was conducted by Polonnaruwa District Judge K. Sivagnanasunderam and Additional District Judge Ms. Chandanie Meegoda.
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lights an oil lamp during the funeral of villagers at Maitreepura
carry the coffins of seven victims of a
grieve during the funeral for seven victims of a
Weerasinghe, center, sister of Samaranayake Weerasinghe, one of the victims of
a killing, mourns during the funeral of her brother and six other villagers,
at Maitreepura another 7 from Walikanda
Weerasinghe, center, sister of Samaranayake Weerasinghe, one of the slain
construction workers, mourns during the funeral of her brother
son of a victim, participates in covering the coffin of one of the seven
villagers during their funeral at Maitreepura
Sumanawathi, mother of Samaranayake Weerasinghe, one of the slain construction workers, mourns during the funeral of her son and six other villagers, at Maitreepura
grieve during the funeral for seven victims of a
Boy participates in the funeral of seven villagers at Maitreepura
Kumari, center, wife of Ajith Ranaweera, one of the victims of a killing,
tries to get closer to her husband
attend the funeral of seven villagers at Maitreepura
villager throws sand on graves during the funeral for seven victims of a
Dead Bodies Of Massacred Civilians Brought For Post-Mortem
- POLONNARUWA: MORTAL REMAINS OF TWELVE CIVILIANS assassinated by Tamil Tiger terrorists at OWIDIYAMADU were brought to POLONNARUWA hospital today (30) afternoon.
The victims have been identified as S. K. SUNIL JAYAWARDANE, E. A. SARATH KUMARA, B. J. ABEYSOORIYA, G. S. GUNAWARDANE, SIRISENA, AJITH, T. M. DARMADASA, SARATH, T. B. WASANTHA KUMARA, B. T. T. DAMMIKA, T. M. GUNARATHNE and KUMARA.
The dead bodies are to be handed over to next of kin after post-mortem and magisterial inquiries are
over (Full report
in Sri Lanka Army).
Dead Bodies Of Civilians Assassinated By Tamil Tigers Recovered - WELIKANDA: TROOPS TODAY (30) MORNING with assistance of the SLMM representatives reached OMIDIYAMADU village where Tamil Tigers ruthlessly killed twelve civilians Monday (29) evening and recovered their mortal remains lying around the location with gunshot injuries in their heads. Twelve innocent civilians who were working as labourers at OMIDIYAMADU border village, WELIKANDA were killed by Tamil Tiger terrorists Monday (29) evening at about 6.30 p.m. Those poor civilians had reportedly gone to the Tamil dominated village of OMIDIYAMADU for construction of an irrigational canal after they were hired on daily wages. Reports confirm that those twelve villagers were Sinhalese labourers resident at MAHASENPURA adjacent to OMITIYAMADU. Armed Tamil Tiger terrorists who stormed the village have first shouted “THE PEACE WAS OVER” and fired those civilians at point blank range bringing instant death to twelve of them. However, one civilian who managed to survive with critical injuries has later escaped with another and reported the matter to the WELIKANDA hospital authorities on reaching there at about 5.00 a.m. the following day. He was subsequently transferred to the POLONNARUWA hospital for further treatments. Troops found one tractor and one motorbike torched by the Tamil Tiger terrorists from the place in question. This is the first ever large scale murder of civilians carried out by Tamil Tigers after they recently shot and killed eight farmers working in their paddy field at GOMARANKADAWALA and seven others at WILPATTU in an explosion (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).
Tamil Tigers Within Hours After EU Ban Butcher Twelve Innocent Sinhalese Civilians - WELIKANDA: TWELVE INNOCENT SINHALESE CIVILIANS were brutally killed at OMIDIYAMADU border village, WELIKANDA by Tamil Tiger terrorists Monday (29) evening at about 6.30 p.m. after those civilians of MAHASENPURA have reportedly gone to construct an irrigation canal in the area. Details will follow (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).
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Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists since June 2005
LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists continue to assassinate civilians, members of the rival political parties and security personnel under the banner of cease-fire agreement (CFA).
Politically motivated killings, arbitrary arrests, harassments, abductions, detentions, torture, extortions, intimidations, use of children as child soldiers, disappearances and conscriptions are some of the many fundamental right violations of the LTTE (so-called Liberation Tigers of Tamil eelam). The Tamil People who had been enjoying all the democratic and human rights in those areas have now been deprived of many of their basic rights and hardly one day passes without at least one person getting killed in these areas. The terrorist outfit is continuing its terror campaign freely by eliminating their opponents including Tamils with the intension of carving out a separate fascist state. Read more………
LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists massacred 61 Sinhalese villagers including 17 Women and 7 children on 18 September 1999
The victims were dragged from their sleep and hacked and chopped to death using machetes and swords, some of them still lying in bed. LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists struck at three villages of Kalpengala and Bedirekka of Ampara District, at about 4 a.m on 18 September 1999. According to the information received upto now 31 males, 15 females, 2 pregnant mothers and 14 children have been hacked to death. In addition these LTTE Tamil terrorists have looted the belongings of these innocent poor people. They were butchered by armed LTTE ultras. The victims were dragged from their sleep and hacked and chopped to death using machetes and swords. Those who tried to seek refuge in the nearby dense jungles were chased and killed (See details).
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