Colombo Telegraph

Pilliayan Arrested For Pararajasingham Murder

The former Chief Minister of Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was arrested by the CID a short while ago over the killing of former parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham.


The CID earlier questioned Pillayan, a prominent former leader of the now defunct LTTE, over former parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham’s murder.

Police sources said that a group of CID officers went to Pillayan’s residence yesterday to question him. However he had evaded the CID team.

The CID team had told Pilleyan’s family members to inform the former chief minister to be present at the CID office in Colombo at 5 pm today. Pillayan had arrived at the CID office around 5.15 pm accompanied by another person.

Joseph Pararajasingham was shot dead by a group of unidentified gunmen. Eight others who were attending the mass were also injured in the shooting.

The CID, on Thursday, arrested two former TMVP members in connection with the murder of Pararajasingham who was gunned down on the night of 25 December 2005, during Christmas Mass held at the St. Maria’s Church in Batticaloa.

The Colombo Magistrates court authorized the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to detain the two suspects for a period of 90 days for lengthy questioning the two susp[ects arrested in connection with the murder.

The two were arrested 10 years after the incident.

The two suspects are, Edwin Silva Krishna Kandaraja alias Pradeep Master, a resident of Batticaloa and Rengasami Kanayagama alias Caajan Mama.

The CID informed the Court that during investigations it was revealed that two of the suspects involved in this crime are currently abroad. The CID will obtain the assistance of INTERPOL to take these two into custody.

The CID also informed the Court that a six spent 9 mm cartridges were found at the scene of the crime and said, three firearms had been used. The CID is carrying out further investigations in order to take into custody these firearms and a van which was used in the attack.

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