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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2037

Floral Tribute to IPKF Officer died in Kopay

By K.T.Rajasingham
Jaffna, 17 August, (Asiantribune.com):

General Officer Commander-in-Chief of the Southern Command of Indian Army Lieutenant General P M Hariz is expected to pay floral tribute to one his colleagues, who was killed in August 1987, during the IPKF operation.

This colleague of the Indian Southern Command was in charge of the IPKF Division at Vellavaikkal Piradiyady, located in the Kopay Raja Veethy. He was killed during the confrontation with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The forsaken tomb of the slain Indian Army officer was found located in a private land in Kopay.

“Asian Tribune,” learnt that the Sri Lankan Army officers of the 51 Division, located at Kopay the tomb and visited yesterday to the abandon memorial site of the lone Indian Army officer, held discussion with owner of the private land and with his consent cleared the place around the tomb.

Lieutenant General P M Hariz is expected to visit the site on 19th and pay floral tribute to slain IPKF officer with whom he worked during his stint with the IPKF in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

On the other hand, on 15th of this month, a special ceremony was also held at Palaly Army complex to commemorate IPKF soldiers who were killed during ‘Operation Pawan,’ in 1987. Consul General of India in Jaffna A. Natarajan was there and placed wreath of flowers at the monument erected in Palaly in honor of the fallen IPKF soldiers.

The renovated memorial for IPKF soldiers in Palaly, Jaffna, was declared open in June 2015. The names of 33 soldiers who died in the operations in the Northern Province during 1987–1990 have been inscribed on a wall at the memorial site.

Under the mandate of the 1987 August Indo-Sri Lanka Accord, Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was in operation against the LTTE from 1987 to 1990.

According to an account more than 1200 Indian soldiers died during the two-year IPKF operation.

Subsequently, It was only, during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency, Sri Lankan government mooted the idea of a war memorial to those soldiers of the IPKF, who lost their lives during the peacekeeping mission, in Sri Lanka.

The first memorial in remembrance of the IPKF soldiers was constructed in Sri Jayawardenapura, Kotte, on the outskirts of Colombo in 2008. The names of the 1200 soldiers who died are inscribed on the black marble.

- Asian Tribune -

Tomb of the slain Indian Army Officer in Kopay
 Lieutenant General P M Hariz  - General Officer Commander-in-Chief of the Southern Command of  Indian Army
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