Chief Priest of the Koneshwaran Hindu Temple was shot dead last evening by the LTTE pistol group.
Chief Priest Rev. Sivakadachcha Kurukkal (43) was on his way to a funeral when two LTTEers shot him in the head four times.
The LTTE is believed to have carried out the assassination as the priest was popular among the members of the armed forces and the police.
The Trincomalee police are conducting investigations. No arrests have been made by the time this edition went to press.