Prabhakaran behind Sathyamoorthy’s killing – Karuna’s LTTE

by Bandula Jayasekara
Varathan, spokesman for the LTTE’s rebel eastern commander, ‘Colonel’ Karuna, says that LTTE’s Wanni administration is behind the killing of Batticaloa’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) candidate, Rajan Sathyamoorthy.

Sathyamoorthy (61) and his brother-in-law Kandaiah Kangasabey (64) were killed by two unknown gunmen at about 8.30 in the morning yesterday (30). They were shot at close range when they came out of the shrine room at his house after the morning pooja. Another person Sinnathamby Thambipillai was also injured during the incident

Karuna Amman’s spokesman said the Wanni administration was carrying out an organized campaign to eliminate intellectuals and key figures of the eastern province and their immediate purpose was to paralize the east and weaken the area.

Varathan also cited the case of the shooting of the Dean of the Agriculture faculty of the eastern university Dr. Thuruchelvam early this month. Dr. Thiruchelvan who was tipped to be the vice chancellor of the eastern university was shot and critically wounded by unidentified gunmen in Batticaloa. The spokesman said, " It is a very systematic operation of elimination. No civilized society will tolerate and accept this kind of savage activity". Varathan said that the election monitors were helpless in the face of these attacks on candidates and they had no immediate need to speak to the monitors. TNA candidate Sathyamoorthy, who was also the President of the Batticaloa traders association, was a popular figure in the area. He openly supported Karuna and the eastern cause. Earlier reports said that LTTE’s political wing leader Thamil Chelvam had being critical of the support extended by Sathyamoorthy to Karuna.

The spokesman also said there was a strong possibility of the involvement of the Wanni administration in the shooting of UNP candidate T. Maheshwaran in Colombo on Sunday.