Sunday, 23 November 2014

Naguleswaran killing not by Army


Ceylontoday, 2014-11-23 02:00:00
Naguleswaran killing not by Army
By Gihan Kamalesh Weerasinghe

A rehabilitated LTTE cadre who was in Eelam police before the end of war was assassinated last week paving way for the Tamil Diaspora to sling mud at the Security Forces again. The murder victim was Krishnasami Naguleswaran, 39, a resident of Iluppukadavai Police Division in Vavuniya. He lived in Velankulam, Ganeshapuram with his wife and two children. His wife was a school teacher. He lived peacefully as a farmer after returning home.




A rehabilitated LTTE cadre who was in Eelam police before the end of war was assassinated last week paving way for the Tamil Diaspora to sling mud at the Security Forces again. The murder victim was Krishnasami Naguleswaran, 39, a resident of Iluppukadavai Police Division in Vavuniya. He lived in Velankulam, Ganeshapuram with his wife and two children. His wife was a school teacher. He lived peacefully as a farmer after returning home.

He was shot dead by an unknown gunman at 8:30 p.m. near his half built house, while he was making clay bricks. A single bullet of a T-56 rifle rid through his eye and skull killing him on the spot.
Tamil Diaspora tried to build up an idea that the killing was the conduct of the Army. An Army team was on foot patrol in the guarded village at the moment. Tamil Diaspora argued that there was no one to commit such an act challenging the Army.

Army and Police were keen in the investigation to identify the culprit. The village was surrounded without letting the assassin to flee and the search continued. The T-56 used in the killing was found hidden in a bush about 700 or 800 metres from the crime scene. The Army team that recovered the weapon did not touch it and the Police was called.
Police deployed the official sniff dog that went after the scent of sweat on the weapon. It entered a house 200 metres away and stopped near a bed.

A man called Sabarathnam Rasalingam, a hunter and woodcutter, lived in that house. He had no knowledge about handling a T-56. He had used shot guns and did not appear to have a reason to kill Naguleswaran. Therefore, police decided to continue the investigation.  Inspector General of Police, N.K. Ilangakoon, directed the Deputy Inspector General Chandra Wakista who is in charge of State Intelligence and the Terrorism Investigation Division to probe the incident. TID director Asanka Karawita deployed a team under ASP Jagath Fonseka to investigate the crime. IP Sarachchandra who was in charge of TID Unit in the Vavuniya Police was also in the team.
They started their operation on 14 November. Army Intelligence also extended support to the TID. They had found that Rasalingam who was identified by the sniff dog had met several others secretly. He was arrested and questioned. Information was divulged without delay.
Krishnasami Naguleswaran came to the Army controlled area with the civilians after the end of war in 2009.

TID identified him as an ex-police officer of the LTTE through information of the civilians. He was exposed as a person who had no connection with the assassinations and explosions. Therefore, he was sent for rehabilitation. Naguleswaran was freed in 2012.
After that he bowed to the law of the country and lived as a farmer. There was another rehabilitated ex-LTTE intelligence cadre called Thamilchelvan. He too was rehabilitated after he was arrested by the Army at the Vavuniya Welfare Centre on 10 June 2009. He had participated in the battle against the Army and led the Army to recover hidden LTTE weapons.
Thamilchelvan did not engage in a proper job after coming back home. He joined with Rasalingam and sold timber illegally cut from jungles. He engaged in hunting as well.
Govindasami Shashi Kumar, Sabarathnam Chandra Kumar, Sivanathan Sathis Kumar were the other cohorts of Rasalingam. They were caught by police three months ago with a cache of illegally cut timber.

Meanwhile the village officer Thambirasa Sivanesan took 50 acres provided by the government for the villagers for farming under various names of his family members. Naguleswaran did not like this. As an officer of farmer associations, he raised his voice against this injustice. He looked for information regarding under whose name Naguleswaran had taken over the land. When he inquired about this from an office bearer of a farmer association, he asked in return why he wanted such information. Naguleswaran said he would complain to the President.

The farmer association official was a friend of the village officer and informed the latter about it. This villageofficer too was a strong LTTE cadre in the past. He had received military training in Palestine with Jeganathan and Kuttimani. He became a village officer under the plans of the LTTE. The cunning village officer compelled Rasalingam to harm Naguleswaran stating that he was the informant giving information about them.

The village officer told this to Rasalingam while drinking. The latter believed it and planned to take revenge on Naguleswaran. The village officer urged him to finish off Nguleswaran. “Don’t use a shot gun. Kill him with a T-56. The Army will be blamed then,” the village officer instructed.
Rasalingam did not know how to fire a T-56. But he could find a thrown away T-56 from the jungle. It was cleaned for several days and repaired. Thamilchelvan who had received sniper training was taken to fire the T-56. The village officer promised to offer them Rs 50,000 if the job was finished soon.

On the fateful day, Thamilchelvan went to the scene with Rasalingam. Shashi Kumar, Chandra Kumar and Sathis Kumar spied for Army foot patrols. Thamilchelvan killed Naguleswaran and handed over the gun to Rasalingam to be thrown into the jungle. But he left it nearby and police sniff dog came after it as a result of it.
Police arrested all the persons including the village officer who were engaged in the crime silencing the Tamil Diaspora.

 http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-78394-news-detail-naguleswaran-killing-not-by-army.html

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