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Police Shooting Of Two Jaffna Students Should Be Condemned Strongly

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

The police shooting and the killing of two Jaffna University students on the 21st should be condemned strongly, and the blatant killers should be brought to justice without delay. By shooting to the head of the motorcycle riders, it is very clear that it was done not to stop the vehicle, but to kill. If it were to stop the vehicle, then the shooting could have been done to the vehicle or the tires.

Anyway, there is no apparent reason for the police to stop and search vehicles in such a manner in Jaffna today and these incidents would remind the circumstances under which many militant organizations emerged in the Peninsula in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The history should not be allowed to repeat by the actions of the unmindful, callous or possibly chauvinist police or army officers. The police or the army should not act or allowed to act on the impression that they monitor and control a subjugated people.

This incident among others highlights the urgency of screening very carefully the police officers and the army stationed in Jaffna and the North and the need to recruit more and more Tamil officers to take over the security of those areas among other reforms within the police and the armed forces. Within a constitutional overhauling (i.e. a new constitution), handing over the ‘community policing,’ including traffic checks, to the provincial councils could be considered, if the handing over of complete subject of ‘law and order’ is premature at the moment given national security considerations.

killing-of-two-jaffna-university-undergraduates-in-jaffna-kokuvilFrom all the news reports available at the moment, it appears that Sundiraja Sulakshan and Nadaraja Gajan were completely innocent students who were travelling that night after attending a private party at Chunnakam. They were travelling home. Are they prohibited of attending parties at night? Are they prohibited of riding motor cycles without interference at night? These are the questions one should ask to unravel the reasons behind.

Sundiraja and Nadaraja seem to be good friends, studying their degrees in Arts in the third year. This is about two important lives lost for themselves, their families, dear ones and friends. These are two important lives lost for the country and to their community due to the police brutality. On the other hand, according to the available reports, after the incident, the police officers have handed over the wounded to the hospital as if they had met with an accident! It is the medical officers who have detected the gun shots on the head. Thanks are due to the two reporters of the Divaina (22 October) this time giving a true picture of the incident to the Sinhala readers.

Those among the Sinhalese who believe or advocate that Jaffna and the North should be kept under the yoke of the Sinhalese, through the army and the police should be ashamed of the incident. It is true that unlike in the past or under the previous regime, swift action has been taken to immediately interdict and arrest all those who were involved in the shooting and the attempted cover up. Similarly, the judicial and disciplinary enquiries should be performed to deliver justice without delay. Those who involved are five in number. This is a matter that Jaffna should strongly protest. This is a matter that not only the Jaffna University but also other universities should protest in solidarity.

Most important might be for the Police Commission, the Office for Reconciliation (ONUR) and also the relevant Ministers and Ministries to carefully look at the police placements in Jaffna and the North/East and recommend necessary measures to avoid such incidents and to alleviate any further fears that the people may have in respect of the police handling of the civilians.

Education of police officers, weeding out of undesirable (chauvinist) elements, and the use of technology (e.g. CCTV) to monitor situations could be adopted among others. These may be necessary in the short run until more permanent arrangements are made under devolution or even after. What is increasingly clear is that more ‘shared responsibility’ should be placed on the provincial councils particularly in the North and the East in managing ‘law and order’ with the central government. The trust that the Tamil people placed on the President and the government should be fulfilled. The situation in Jaffna and in the North should not be oppressive.

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    Laksiri Fernando@CT,

    “there is no apparent reason for the police to stop and search vehicles in such a manner in Jaffna today”

    It is still very rare here in Jaffna for anybody to drive in the middle of the night or even late evening. This is not Colombo with night life and young guys smashing flower pots outside of night clubs.

    If I drive after 7pm in my rural area I am almost guaranteed to be checked by the police.

    It is the duty of the police to look for drivers who possibly are intoxicated and without necessary documentation. There are many here.

    Young guys have been caught transporting large amounts of ganja but doing that night time would be stupid.

    Of course the police should aim at an escaping vehicle not the driver.

    I expect an investigation to reveal what went wrong. Similar incidents happen in other parts of Sri Lanka also.

    Let us try to be objective. I am sure that part of Jaffna media will only see the ethnic angle in this case not the all island problem with police action.

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      Why did the police open fire and why were several police officers at the site have not been explained. Why did the police not disclose they fired? Why did they lie ? Was it a regular police check point or one set up on receiving some information?

      Did the students defy a police order to stop? Why did the police fire at them? Was the student shot from the front or back? If the person was shot in the front, he was operating motor cycle and was approaching the police team. If the person was shot in the back, it is likely he was the pillion rider and motorcycle was traveling past the police team. Did the sub inspector order the shooting?

      Were the students drunk? Was the alcohol content in their blood determined at postmortem? Were the policemen drunk- this not unusual? Did drunkenness make either party bellicose and belligerent? Were the policemen subject to breathalyzer and blood alcohol content tests.

      Lots of questions have need to be answered and investigated, before we understand why things happened as they did.

      Let us find all the facts before venturing to judge. Let me remind that this incident is not unique to Jaffna. Sometime back there was such an incident in Wattala.

      I offer my condolences to the families of the deceased and their friends.

      Let this be a warning to trigger happy policemen. If guilty, they should be prosecuted for murder.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        DR RN,
        Thanks
        “If guilty, they should be prosecuted for murder.”
        In addition families concerned should be compensated by the govt.

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          Anpu

          “In addition families concerned should be compensated by the govt”

          Who armed the police in the first place? Accidents could happen. Wasn’t it Gota who armed the police, another of his militarisation plot?

          The police has no right to shoot if it intent to maintain law and order and uninterrupted civilian life.

          The police force should be disarmed and directed against criminals not at the ordinary civilians.

          Had the police been unarmed this tragic incident would have been avoided.

          Punishing the police and compensating the family though necessary addressing the fundamental question of whether arming the police is an effective deterrent in preventing crime need to be debated.

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            Native Vedda,
            Tx
            Agree 100%

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            “The police force should be disarmed and directed against criminals not at the ordinary civilians.”

            Why police force should be disarmed ? Is that not the standard anywhere police do their services. Berlin, London, Basel, Brussels or any other cities I often travel through, I get to see police thar are armed and be ready to any kind of teror attacks. So I really dont know why NV is here in the view, that Police to be disarmed ?

            NV, please explain.

            Secondly, we have not yet as to why those policemen shoot them. We need to wait to study the outcome of the investigation before attacking anyone here.

            If policemen have intentionally done it, no doubt, they should be hung. The law should be equal to any criminals regardless of the provinces the incidents of the kind occur.

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              Sam Fernando

              “Why police force should be disarmed?”

              Lets go to the idea and purpose of a police force. Tell me what their responsibilities are purpose of operating a police force?

              If you believe they are a substitute for armed forces, then of course we should not duplicate the police functions. We rather hand over the police functions to armed forces and disband the entire police department and allow the armed forces to display their hardware at every nook and corner.

              My Elders tell me London police is generally unarmed, only the specially trained firearms officers are allowed to carry arms as part of emergency rapid response team.

              That is besides the point. London does lots of things that you seem to ignore in this island. It is home for at least five world class universities. It is the finance capital of the world. You could not even fix IT system in People’s Bank. London has world class publishers, how many do you have? London publishes the best news papers in the world, how many best media do you have at the moment?

              I just want to ignore rest of your typing, simply because you refuse to observe, learn, think, …..

              Go away now and come back in an year.

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            Dumb Native Vedda:

            Tamils are very arrogant in their usurped – homeland, beat navy officers when they are unarmed.

            Even with armed police officers they tried to crash the barricade and run. then got shot.

            You idiot need unamred police officers.

            How many Tamils are getting shot in the south. Yapapatuna is the Tamil home homeland where they began blowing up.

            when armed police barricade is crashed, then comes the question of of personal safety of the police officers.

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              jim softy Dimwit

              You have a choice, why don’t you date Nuisance the stupid I or sachoooo the stupid II instead of playing with your willy?

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              Idiot! Did you ever thing why the Police tried to hide the ‘real story’? Why did the IGP tell the President that it was an ‘accident’? Why do some ass licking ponnayas try to cook up a story that the boys were drunk?

              If you dare, come out with the real name and spread this hatred!

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            It was Prabhakaran who began to Kill people like Iinspector BastianPillai and made it necessary to arm the Police. Native Vedda and such commentators live, and lived in the safe security of Colombo providfed by the Police, together with all the other Karavakaddu tamils living along Ward Place, Gregories rd, Horton Place etc. They wanted the Muslims (and the sinhalese) thrown out of Jaffna and effected ethnic cleansing.
            We muslims call for a strong police in the North.
            The police officers may have been drunk, or on drugs, or the two stupid drunken kids (undergrads!) may have taunted the police. This kind of incident shows that we need to strengthen the police and have better trained police.

            Let there be NO INTERFERENCE with the courts from the various ethnic lobbies.

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          “In addition families concerned should be compensated by the govt. ” you mean you and me pay for that. Remember, Gov. takes money from us.

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            who cares for the cooperate sector of leeches who pay the most- increase their taxes by all means @1%

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        Dr. Laksiri Fernando and Dr. Rajasingham Narendran ,

        There was another case a month or so ago, in the South, where a couple of drunk policemen shot and killed one two young men on a motorcycle.

        The police and authorities came up with some excuse as usual.

        They will do the same here, in the North.

        After all, traitor, Gon Sirisena Gamarala does not want crooks, criminals and killers identified, incarcerated or punished, as was shown by the deal with Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the other crooks.

        Welcome to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho occupied by the Paras. The Paras do not belong in the land.

        Solution: Deport All the Paras back to their Homeland, India, Baharat, Damba-Diva, and let the land get back to its pristine state, get back ti the way it was, before the Paras arrived illegally.

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        Dr Narendran: I join you in extending to the family of the two dear students my deepest condolences at the loss of their dear ones. Lives lost cannot be replaced or restored.

        You have articulated well the many unanswered questions that come foremost to anyone’s mind and many more which are valid and relevant, to be posed by experts in the field of investigation.

        Needless to mention, our police is not without blemish. The numerous wanton brutalities they commit goes without reprimand. Most often a good number of policemen in the night are under strong influence of liquor. Even when they stop motorists for DUI, it is they that are under its influence more than drivers.

        Our police force is ill trained, ignorant of the laws they are called upon to uphold. A classic example – the numerous traffic violations that occur on our roads when bus and truck drivers throw on coming traffic off the road because they have decided to overtake. Police stationed ahead do nothing to apprehend these fiends either because they are ignorant of a violation being committed, mortally scared of apprehending as these opperators are “connected”!

        What more when Presidential and or ministerial siblings flout the law and seek patronage due to their “connections”, the few diligent law enforcement agents are put off due to interference.

        This is our Sri Lanka!!!!

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      Dr. Laksiri Fernando

      “This incident among others highlights the urgency of screening very carefully the police officers and the army stationed in Jaffna and the North and the need to recruit more and more Tamil officers to take over the security of those areas among other reforms within the police and the armed forces.”

      This is not a matter that is unique to the North.

      The police are being armed. Accidents indented or otherwise could happen.

      The police is not accountable, ultimate power lies in Colombo where impunity is being parted to the connected persons.

      The police is so corrupt (irrespective of their race, religion or region) the policemen see the motorists only as cash cows.

      The uniform gives them the protection from prosecution or punishment, they have become law unto themselves.

      People are scared of the consequences of challenging authorities, ensuing false or trumped up charges, in many cases followed by violence.

      The authorities believe they are the masters forgetting they are meant to be the servants of the people.

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        Native Vedda:

        “The police are being armed. Accidents indented or otherwise could happen.”

        After 30 years of war, there are a lot of guns and other weapons in the North and East. Future scientists of Tamil Eelam were trained in their use against the genocidal Sinhala Army. According to the latest report from TamilNet, “The latest crime committed by the Sinhala Police carrying automatic rifles in the occupied Tamil homeland is a serious security threat to the nation of Eezham Tamils. Sinhala police is not different to the genocidal military as far as the nation of Eezham Tamils are concerned.”

        Bow and arrow will not work against these scientists. The policemen should carry guns.

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          Lester

          What are you blabbering about?

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            / Lester What are you blabbering about? /

            And, you are surprised by that, NV?

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              Rohan

              “And, you are surprised by that, NV?”

              I was only trying to emphasize it to remind Lester who has a short and enviable selective memory that its worth revisiting the entire island history.

              Lester and his/her fellow Blabberians to needs remember that Blaberrians’ version of the war and aftermath completely contradicts statements and published news of Army/State/Government/Gota.

              By the way nothing surprises me anymore however I wonder if and when these Blaberrians kick the bucket what sort of legacy and history they are planning to leave behind, Truth, Half Truth, Lies, Utter Lies or Complete Fiction.

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            Native Vedda:

            LTTE left behind hidden weapons. And a lot of boy scouts. SL Army will be there for a long time. Fully armed with Aryan weapons, as opposed to the battle axe.

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      This is what happened in the past. Will history repeat? Are we going back to the 70s? This is purely political, it’s done by the racist Sinhala policemen. TNA should take this not to the SL president but to the UN. The Tamil speaking areas should have only Tamil & Muslim policemen. The Sinhala policemen should be sent out. Wigneswaran should organize a harthal in Jaffna in protest and show the world what the Sinhala regime is still doing to the Tamil people.

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        There is no war these days and nobody is carrying any guns. The two boys may be drunk but that does not mean they deserve to get killed by the police.

        No Wonder the NE Tamils want Land & Police Powers to avoid these kind of Murders by racist Sinhalese…!

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        I agree! I visited Jaffna for two days in June this year, for only the third time.

        The only thing that I told somebody what I thought of the peninsula now, was that there were too many soldiers around. And all reports that I get from sensible people is that while there are some irritating politicians saying things there, and there is the usual youth unrest, there is nothing like political violence, or the imminent threat of such. So, no Sinhalese ought to be there carrying a gun.

        And the Sinhalese policemen were also much in evidence. We really are an occupation force there.

        We don’t want another war! To ensure that start trusting our Tamil friends – all of them, except, may be the poiticians.

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      Lone Wolf

      “I am sure that part of Jaffna media will only see the ethnic angle in this case not the all island problem with police action.”

      The ethnic angle you are concerned with didn’t come about in recent years. It has a long history which you tend to forget.

      Looking through ethnic angle was first developed by the public racist Anagarika Dharmapala (the homeless one), and further developed by all governments since 1948, be it citizenship issues, language policies, development, planned riots, education, recruitment, security, …. and selective and collective punishment, ……….. or the media in the South were and still are up in arms against Opposition leader who is happened to be a Tamil.

      Please read a cross section of media including English, Sinhala and Tamil and see how they are reporting lies over facts.

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      Lone Wolf is indeed alone or part of the supporters of the previous regime. LW is looking at it from the angle he is accusing the media of. There is no vehicle in Jaffna without being registered, the police do regular checks in every main road.

      It’s not surprising that those who shouted in the aftermath of NPC – CM’s speech for interpreting the law in regards to building temples, Mosques and churches in private people’s lands for his arrest keep quiet after this shooting of two innocent students. It’s obvious about the angle they are looking at it from.

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    Police kill people everywhere in the world; this is a situation report from Montreal, Canada, this year.
    Quoted: A 17-year-old adolescent Brandon killed by the police in the context of a banal driving violation; His death went almost completely unnoticed in the media. More than 50 people have been killed in police operations in Quebec (and over 150 in Canada) since 2005.
    If a driver/rider is drunk and if he does not stop when ordered by the Police, forget it!; the police will definitely shoot and kill you. The point is that as a drunk driver you could kill more than one and create chaotic situation on the road; they calculate the property damage as well!

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      “Police kill people everywhere in the world”
      Montrealer, How you are still alive…Not killed by the police… or your fathers and sons…

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      Montrealer

      “Police kill people everywhere in the world; this is a situation report from Montreal, Canada, this year.”

      Are we competing with other countries in police killing innocent?

      Why bother, lets make it a national sports, by state allocating quotas/targets each year and reward the police who excel and exceed their quota.

      We could have the competition organised at stadiums around the country and charge the spectators at the gates.

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    Is this statement from the UNP Surendran or the Wigneswaran’s Diaspora?…

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    It looks two drunkard University students tried to over run Police on duty. They shot at the drunkards and now police officers are interdicted.

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      You are drunk all the time.

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      It should not stop at interdiction!

      We want a united and unitary Sri Lanka. We have to be well-informed and consistent if we want to ensure that.

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      /It looks two drunkard University students tried to over run Police on duty. They shot at the drunkards and now police officers are interdicted. /

      You never let the truth interfere in you hatred spewing stories! Did you are the medical report? You don’t read them. Even if you did, you won’t consider them. You will continue to spread the lies.

      Ponnayas with pseudonyms for their nasty acts are the worst scum in these Forums.

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    I unreservedly support the sentiments expressed by the author of this article and praise the prompt action taken by the President on this matter.

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      Prompt action by prez ……

      We have seen how he protecting his thuggish son.not once its twice so who follow whom.

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando

    Australian police kill arrestd Aborginies youth. Onw report said, the arrested youyth died with massive injuries.

    Did you write an article for constitution change ?

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      jim softy dimwit

      “Australian police kill arrestd Aborginies youth. Onw report said, the arrested youyth died with massive injuries. Did you write an article for constitution change ?”

      You are mentally deranged, did you seek appropriate medical help?

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      White Aussies do write such articles. Jim softy, why should we be writing about Australia?

      Sri Lanka is our country, and we must ensure justice for all in this island. So, we want more people to be writing against these wanton killings.

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    Sri Lankan Police under UNP anyway are above the law. It is Viagra John that gave the T56 Back to the cops to be carried in the streets. Why can’t these ata pass guys give chase to the Speeding motorcycle instead of shooting like P*** F***. Hmm now where are those Rathupaswela cry babies.

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    To AVB! ask your friends in Montreal, Canada, what happens if you drink and drive and do not stop at a police check point!
    Drunk driving is the biggest problem (not speeding) in many countries! If the police don’t act quickly and decisively the damage would be unthinkable and beyond your imagination.

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    Two youths were killed, the comments above indicate that perceptions of Tamils and Sinhalese are completely opposite to each other. It clearly shows that these communities with contradictory positions with each and every issue can not live together

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      You are right. You can have your separate state. But take the Tamils is the South as well.

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    A community has already delivered judgement!
    1) the two youths were drunken
    2) they didn’t stop on the orders of policemen
    3) they have to be shot and killed
    It is now only matter to set up the evidences as above.

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    “Should Be Condemned Strongly”

    tamils have been hearing enough condemnations for the last thirty years.now what is neede is action with these cops jailed for manslaughter.Nobody is above the law,not even the police.let us see now whether action or words.sampanthan must take it up with the UN and ask for the police powers to be devolved and punishemnet meted out.Otherwise the perception that he is a government stooge will get streghthened in tamil minds.

    is is a coincidence that jaffna university students was the victims.What is the probability out of total number of citizens,jaffna university students will be the victims,using statistical methods?Is a message being sent out to jaffna uni through the police after the clash with the sinhalese students?

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      shankar

      “now what is neede is action with these cops jailed for manslaughter.Nobody is above the law,not even the police.”

      Your poster boy Black and Decker believed in the police right to kill anyone whom they deem as deserving. You never challenged the dirty digger at the time of Welikada prison massacre.

      Police and armed forces could do no wrong.

      Why sudden change of heart?

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    This is our land. We have the right to kill. That is the beauty of ou land.

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      right to kill and then have a sil.

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    Dr Laksiri …. yes two drunk students did not deserve to die. Young lives wasted. But on the other hand the region has just been liberated from terrorism. Road users are supposed to stop at police barriers when instructed to, if not they could be suspected of criminal or terrorist activities and would attract fire. The automatic weapons used by police areused to fire at the general direction, and they spray bullets over a wide angle, and with distance they could hit anything that the angle covers. Policemen are not sharp shooters or snipers, and not employed as such. There is one way out of danger; any time if police tell you to stop, just STOP, no bravado please.

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      thrishu

      “Road users are supposed to stop at police barriers when instructed to, if not they could be suspected of criminal or terrorist activities and would attract fire.”

      Really?

      Criminals are being protected by the police and corrupt powers in Colombo.

      Gen Kamal, Gota and MR assured us that terrorists had been obliterated in 2009.

      Doesn’t the police all over the island see motorists as cash cows?

      What is the difference between judgement and intention? I am talking about police.

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        Veddo I know that you have a blunt axe to grind about everything under the sun. I won’t bother wasting my energy for you, except to answer the question Really? YES! Go past such at dead of night at own peril.

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          thrishu

          “Veddo I know that you have a blunt axe to grind about everything under the sun.”

          At the moment I got a few minutes to spare. Hence I decided I better waste it here and now.

          “I won’t bother wasting my energy for you, except to answer the question Really?”

          Please feel free to ignore my responses.

          “YES! Go past such at dead of night at own peril.”

          Not really unless of course you do not have a couple of thousand to spare.

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          Don’t give guns to security forces in the North. Guns spell trouble.

          The War was over seven years ago. Normality is returning too slowly. Well, if things are “normal”, in another sense, the Police and civilians will be cordial to one another. As it is, it’s a Sinhala police patrolling Tamil areas. A dangerous scenario – as proved by this incident.

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            Sinhala_Man

            “Don’t give guns to security forces in the North. Guns spell trouble.”

            Or anywhere else in this island.

            Please read the following reports:

            Drunken Police Officers Gun Down 24-Year-Old
            Colombo Telegraph
            June 13, 2014

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    thrishu, who told you that they were asked by police to stop! How do you know that? Do you know what did they say after killing Thajudeen? Since they are all minorities, you wanted to believe it. Why can’t we wait till the inquiry is completed? I could say that they were stopped and asked for bribe, when the uni. students refused to pay, they were asked to go and shot, when they were going! There can be so many version could be put out as per their ethnicity and their level of racism!

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      Do you know exactly what transpired between the 2 parties Veerakanapathy? Manned barriers are there for a purpose. It does not need too many explanations. It is up to the investigators find out exactly what happened. I said the loss of young lives was a waste and regretted. But young people should also have to be careful at night when traversing armed barricades given the politicsal and military climate in the North. Thajiuddin issue is a red herring and no connection with this shooting.

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        thrishu

        “Do you know exactly what transpired between the 2 parties Veerakanapathy?”

        Do you?

        ” Manned barriers are there for a purpose.”

        Which part of Sri Lanka are we talking about? There is no such physical barrier on this part of the road.

        “It is up to the investigators find out exactly what happened.”

        Therefore stop speculating and await for more spin from the authorities.

        “But young people should also have to be careful at night when traversing armed barricades given the politicsal and military climate in the North.”

        Its sound like you are far removed from this island. Every policeman is issued with hand gun, American style. Besides, you don’t have information about the type of gun which was fired at them.

        What sort of political and military climate that you see in Jaffna area. Is there an ongoing war in the North?

        Are you implying that people should learn to accept the armed police and indefinite presence of Military, and avoid them just because they are there, and restrict people’s right to free movement?

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    Internationa , local and diaspora Tourists to Lanka and visitors to Jaffna take note of it. It look like a deliberate incident.

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      Pacs

      As a matter of fact it’s deliberate

      There’s no chance to say it is accidental.

      International community will come to know and should make a voice but action should be from national community.

      However it’s good to make a study to see whether police still perform their duty in Jaffna in panic situation; for that civilians are also responsible.

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    I think the one, is ,the police signaling to stop is not effectively and distinctly done, at times the signal to stop is vague and person concerned would be confused. Some time the signal is misunderstood as a signal to proceed. Some time they shoot after allowing them to proceed.

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    Dr.Laksiri Fernando!
    Please do not think you are the paragon of virtue! Using terms like ‘chauvinist’ gives this incident a sinister connotation. No Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim will condone alleged violent action of the Police.

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      Chandra

      “No Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim will condone alleged violent action of the Police.”

      No Sinhala/Buddhists state or the government take action against Sinhala/Buddhist policemen, members of armed forces, politicians, saffron clad thugs, bribe demanding functionaries …… if the victims are happened to be from the minority communities.

      Give me some example where the perpetrators were punished for committing violent crimes when victims were generally minorities.

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    Nothing has changed for the Tamils. The attitude of the police, or the defence forces towards the Tamils.

    In fact it has gone bad to worse.

    There is a bully mentality among the Sinhala politicians and the defence forces.

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      Rajash

      “Nothing has changed for the Tamils. The attitude of the police, or the defence forces towards the Tamils.”

      Let us forget the Tamils for a while.

      Has anything changed for the Sinhalese?

      The island has been in downwards spiral, caught up in vicious circle, divided along racial lines, since 1956 ….. which benefit the crooks, cronies, murderers, war criminals, those who profited from war economy, encourages nepotism, … all because people elect crooks, the bigoted, and support the worse racist policies, and believe in bigger lies.

      Aiyo Sri Lanka.

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        Aiyo machan

        u r right

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      Nothing has changed for the Tamils. The attitude of the police, or the defence forces towards the Tamils.

      the very amzing fact is Tamil refugees in their own motherland are coming almost everyday to this bad land to get killed.

      Why ?

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        jim softy dimwit

        “Why ?”

        You are incapable of understanding even 2 + 2, leave alone the rest. So just forget it.

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    In the USA black teens and even kids get shot and killed by the police without provocation at times and sometimes out of fear. This incident is tragic but law and order authorities say that sometimes LTTE used students on motorcycles to provoke incidents and do drive by shootings during those days. Now it is not clear if these two kids were high on drugs(lots of drug problems in Jaffna now with all Tamil Expatriate money coming in), or drunk and or they were charging to create a problem.

    For the long term, perhaps CCTVs will help. Tamils can have a Tamil Lives Matter organization. American cops specially white cops sometimes shoot suspects who are unarmed in the back too. And they have killed quite a few people in the past 2 years and things have escalated as white racist anger towards Obama is escalating.

    No more violence by LTTE or Police or Army please.

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      “lots of drug problems in Jaffna now with all Tamil Expatriate money coming in”

      NO! This is brought in by Sinhala occupying forces! They run so many businesses there, often on the lands confiscated from Tamils! There was no drugs problem when LTTE was around and women felt safer. Now it’s rape, abuse and bribery with impunity because Sinhalese culture has no problem with any of this, especially if the victims are Tamils and the perpetrators are their ‘war heroes’.

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    Thanks Dr.L.F for your prompt condemnation of this brutal act and for your genuine humane approach.

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    The Sri Lanka armed forces consists mainly of Sinhalese village bums mainly uncivilized. Joining the Armed Forces or Police is simply the greatest job they can get in their life, therefore they simply dumb about the discipline and professionalism that generally a Policemen or Armed Forces personal need to posses. Since independence the largest activity of State terrorism committed on her own civilians is by the Police and Armed Forces with complete and tacit support from Parliamentarians. This cannot be denied and the even the recent statement made by the President complaining against the transparent investigations made by the independent commissions is just a continuation of this policy. No other terrorist group, gangs or criminals have committed humanitarian crimes in Sri Lanka to the levels committed by the Police and Armed Forces.
    The use of Fire Arms by the Police is only a last resort, that too only if a life is at threat. The Police could have used many methods to stop the motor cyclists such as shooting in the air, shooting at the tyres, informing the main police station and giving chase. Multiple bullets were found on the head of the students indicate the level to which arrogance and sheer racism persists within the Sinhalese.

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    Responses to such incidents speak volumes about attitudes that prevail among us.

    Failing to denounce an evil act is bad enough. To rationalize it is worse– even worse than the act itself.

    Tamil intellectuals too should take the cue from the principled stand that the the likes of Laksiri take in such instances affecting other communities.

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    I hope the facts come out soon. Sadly, often the truth is buried in an avalanche of condemnations and prejudgment of victims and perpetrators. Look at all the troubles with Black Youth in the United States. So many black kids have been killed without even a 30 second hesitation. One kid was only 12 years old and the cop did not even tell him to drop the fake gun. but whites overwhelmingly in the USA support this and say “he had it coming; if only black people would obey the police as we do”. That itself is false because even when blacks obey the laws and do exactly as they are told to do. A large black man who was mentally ill and running the roads naked in a good christian southern town was shot and killed a decade or two ago. He did not even have a knife. Recently a black man obeyed and did what the cops told him to do but he was high on PCP but did what he was told and a WHITE christian female cop panicked and shot him when the other cop was ready with a Taser. So Now that we have a pro USA puppet government of Ranil-Sagala bromance, it is only natural Sinhala Buddhist cops copy white christian cops in our new master’s land. Why does Sagala go everywhere Ranil goes? hmmmmmm.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/10/12/rcmp-officer-shot-golden-bc-traffic-stop_n_12453302.html

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    If there is a necessity to shoot Police should aim at tires at not the head of the riders ! In many parts of the Country including Colombo there had been many unwanted deaths in the past due to inability of Police at firing and also due to lack of concern for human lives. Ramawickrama

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      If there is a necessity to shoot Police should aim at tires at not the head of the riders

      Dumb talk.

      then first ask the motor bike to stop.

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    Police and undergrads are at loggerheads, it’s well known and universal
    but in this incident most probably police didn’t know whether they were undergraduates or not(as riders hadn’t stopped for police order barring identification).

    So it’s the way police treat Jaffna civilians.

    Irresponsible and unprofessional; shame for police and the government.

    Subject minister and the IGP; had better resign.

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    My condolences to the families and loved ones of the young who died.

    ‘Nothing’ will come out of the investigation. It is the tradition of our Nation.

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    A cold blooded Murder .Full stop

    Cheers

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    Sinhalese continuing their mass murder mayhem as usual. and the culprits will get off scot-free as usual because Sinhalese tolerate the culture of impunity.

    Sinhalese have exterminated thousands of Tamils since the country’s independence and the international community isn’t doing anything about it. Madness!

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    The cover up makes it a worse criminal act.

    It needs the collusion of more than one.

    The entire police force in Jaffna is in the dock.

    Let Justice be carried out to the logical conclusion.

    Does it means, guilty punished and victim/ relatives compensated.The case closed.

    Then what? Even if justice is carried out in this particular case, it should not be allowed to be the end of the story.

    One of the reasons for the 30 year long conflict was the brutal behavior of the then police and the cover up by the governments in Colombo.

    The people in the south were happy too happy to close their eyes and pretend that nothing untoward had happened. Everything was all right.

    If we allow grievances to build up,grivances will accumulate and one day explode, then do not go on the blame game.

    Who started it?

    The egg and the hen situation- a vicious circle.

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      Sri.Krish

      Please be realistic.

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    It’s prime time to think and send home the occupying forces from Tamil Homeland. There is no reason for law enforcement police to carry loaded firearms!.
    No monetary compensation is a substitute for lost loved ones and potential bread winners of families.
    The Trinco murder of four school boys comes to mind; the father is toiling in the corridors of UN, Amnesty International,UNHRC etc looking for justice , not for compensation.
    It’s time for TNA along with CM to act before it becomes another act towards Genocide.

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