Two male students attached to the Jaffna University sustained fatal injuries after they were shot at by the police for disobeying orders to stop their motorcycle at a roadblock at the Kulappidi Junction in Kankesanthurai early today.
The two students who were returning after attending a party in one of the student’s house in Chunnakam around 3.00 am had been ordered to stop by a night police unit stationed at a roadblock at the Kulappidi Junction.
The students who were said to have been under the influence of liquor had defied police orders and sped without stopping, forcing the latter to open fire at them, the sources said.
The rider of the motorcycle who had been shot twice in the head had been reportedly killed on the spot losing control of the motorcycle that rammed into a roadside parapet wall causing serious injuries to the pillion rider too.
The two victims had been rushed to the Jaffna Hospital and one of them was pronounced dead whilst the pillion rider succumbed to his condition shortly after.
The two ‘third-year’ students attached to the Arts Faculty of the Jaffna University had been identified as 24-year-old Sundiraja Sulakshan of Kandarodai in Chunnakam and Nadarasa Gajan of Kilinochchi.
Sulakshan who took his friend to his house the previous evening for a function was returning on his motorcycle to drop Gajan, who was staying at the university hostel.
Jaffna Magistrate S Satheeshkaran who arrived at the scene yesterday morning conducted the Magisterial Inquiry whilst the postmortem of the two bodies had been carried out at the Jaffna Hospital yesterday afternoon.
Although, unconfirmed reports indicated that the Judicial Medical Officer had found ammunition in the victim’s body, the report had not been publicized by the time this edition went to press last night.
The police in Jaffna who denied any shooting involving the incident maintained that the deaths were due to an accident.
Meanwhile, the Government Information Department issued a statement yesterday afternoon saying that five policemen had been arrested in connection with the student deaths and were interdicted with immediate effect.
A special team from the Criminal Investigation Department was dispatched from Colombo to commence an investigation into incident and the security in the area had been intensified.
TNA Parliamentarian Mawai Senathirajah had visited the hospital yesterday afternoon whilst Jaffna University students in numbers were seen gathered outside the hospital and the Jaffna Police Station throughout the day.
Numerous attempts made to get through to senior police officers either in Jaffna or Colombo for comments were futile. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana, Romesh Madusanka and Pradeep Kumara in Jaffna)
Selvyn Friday, 21 October 2016 07:34 PM
This incident must be taken seriously and a transparent investigation should be carried out immediately via DM Android App
vithura Friday, 21 October 2016 09:16 PM
Why are the cops allowed to carry guns long after the war came to an end.
Premalal Saturday, 22 October 2016 12:16 AM
Not only this incident but all incidents including those involving politicians and their kith and kin must be investigated fairly and justice should be done to the victims and seen to be done. As for carrying fire arms., this has become the standard operating practice throughout the modern world
CITIZEN Saturday, 22 October 2016 10:29 AM
Certainly, if the riders had ignored the order to stop, isn't there a better way to stop them without killing them??? Well, they could have shot at the tyres as many times as they wanted instead of targeting the head!!!! Isn't it necessary NOT to sow seeds for creation of crisis and conflict??? I do hope sanity prevails on the guardians of law and order!
hichcha Saturday, 22 October 2016 10:36 AM
do you want the police stationed there to carry water pistols ? what a stupid comment!
Ashydull Saturday, 22 October 2016 12:55 PM
Yes ! Issue them with water pistols. If they were stopped at a road block, they must stop. Surely being University students they would know this simple thing. Police have the right to shoot, if they do not stop, but the Police should have done better by treating the incident as
Sen Saturday, 22 October 2016 01:01 PM
London police is a good example of police enforcing rules without guns. They use Baton and taser only.
Sameen Jan Saturday, 22 October 2016 02:11 PM
Who gave orders to shoot anyone not stopping at a check point?The one who drives the motor cycle is called driver NOT rider.He is driving not ridiing.
vithura Saturday, 22 October 2016 02:15 PM
Well said. The main difference is here in SL policing is 'without consent' where as in the UK it is 'with consent', hence they are not allowed to carry arms.
kumar Sunday, 23 October 2016 08:08 AM
Who believe that!. Police can cook up stories what they want.
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