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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

Karuna faction kills the father of Sinthujan -- their first victim in rival camp

Colombo, 10 May, (Asiantribune.com): Tensions and killings continue to rise in the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) camp divided into two factions -- Karuna Group and Pilaiyan group.

Last night Karuna faction militant cadres led by Iniya Barathy shot and killed Sinthujan’s father Johnson (54 yrs) at Kallaru in the Batticoloa district.

Sinthujan a.k.a Jeyakanthan, a Pillaiyan loyalist, was killed and buried on May 4, 2007 at Kiran. Yesterday, people in the area reported to the Police that a hand was sticking out of the ground. They suspected that there was a dead body buried in the spot.

When the Police exhumed the body they found that was the body of Sinthujan . Eravur Police that exhumed body of Sinthujan removed it to the hospital.

In the meantime, Police began their inquiries by questioning the father of Sinthujan, Johnson. Johnson; father of three children, had alleged that Karuna and his rampaging commanders had killed and buried his son.

Following the police investigation, a team of 15 militants led by Iniya Barathi loyal to Karuna raided the house of Johnson at Kallaru located in the government-controlled area and shot and killed him. They have also warned that Sinthujan wife too was in their hit list.

According to sources, Karuna’s faction has blamed the killing of Johnson to STF police.

Sources in the East told Asian Tribune that the killing of Johnson might hinder a secret negotiation underway to bring the two factions together.

- Asian Tribune -

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