Soldier, PC arrested in Thandikulam killing
COLOMBO: The CID teams investigating the killings of five students at
the Agriculture College in Thandikulam, Kurumankadu have arrested a
Police Constable and a soldier as inquiries revealed the complicity of
the police constable attached to the Kurumankadu Police Post and the
soldier in a nearby bunker, CID sources said yesterday.
The CID conducted a comprehensive investigation into the alleged
shooting at the Agriculture College following a claymore mine explosion,
on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's directive to IGP Victor Perera.
According to DIG CID Asoka Wijetilleka the CID is due to forward a
comprehensive report on their findings to the IGP within this week. DIG
Wijetilleka said investigation teams have also observed serious
dereliction of duty by some senior officers who visited the scene in the
IGP Perera has stressed that irrespective of the ranks, stern
disciplinary action will be taken no sooner he receives the detailed
findings of the CID report.
The CID sent a special team to Vavuniya and conducted in-depth
investigations and unearthed evidence relevant to the incident prior to
the arrest of the soldier and the police constable, sources added.
The CID have taken both the police constable and the soldier and
produced before Vavuniya Magistrate M. Illanchanlan and remanded for an
identification parade. The two suspects have been remanded to fiscal
custody till December 5.
The CID took charge of 24 weapons used by Police and Security Forces
personnel who appeared at the scene soon after the explosion and moved
Courts to forward them to the Government.
Analyst along with the empty casings and slugs recovered from the
scene and the body of one of the victims for comparison and report,
According to the CID, 13 empty T 56 ammunition had been found at the
scene initially by Police and five more empty casings and two live
ammunition of the same calibre were found at the scene by CID teams on
November 21. One slug has been recovered from one body, by JMO, Vavuniya.
Evidence have revealed that soon after the explosion targeting the
Army truck, a group of personnel in camouflage uniforms had opened fire
at the Agriculture School students.
According to Dr. M. Balachandran, Judicial Medical Officer in
Vavuniya, the injuries caused to the five students and others have been
due to close range firing.