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10th Anniversary of Kumarapuram massacre 11 February 2006 [Tamilnet]
People of Kumarapuram, a village in Killiveddy
area, Saturday observed the 10th death anniversary of twenty
four Tamil civilians, including children massacred by a group of
soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army ( SLA ) on 11th February 1996.
Thirty Tamil villagers were seriously injured in the incident.
Kumarapuram, which lies about 32 km south of Trincomalee town by
sea, comes under the administrative limit of the Muttur
Photographs of twenty sixty victims were kept in the building of
the Kumarapuram Rural Development Society (RDS) Saturday
evening. Villagers garlanded the photographs and lit the flame
Special religious observances and prayers were held in
Kumarapuram Krishnan Temple in memory of the victims. Thereafter
a public meeting was held in the Kumarapuram RDS hall with its
president Mr.S.Jesuthasan in the chair, sources said.
A group of SLA soldiers ran berserk on the evening of 11th
February 1996, at about 5 p.m., on receipt of information that
two SLA soldiers were found dead with gunshot injuries at the
58th milepost junction on the Killiveddy-Muttur road, which
leads to the Kumarapuram village, located half a mile from the
The soldiers started killing civilians and beat many of the
villagers injuring several seriously.
Two Tamil girls were gang-raped by several security personnel
and later killed.
10 men and women, and 14 children were killed at night. The
breakdown by age group of those massacred by the SLA is as
follows: 3 infants below age 5, 3 children aged 5-10, 8 youths
aged 11-20, 6 persons aged 21-30, 2 persons 31-40 and 2 persons
above 50, sources said.
Of the twenty soldiers arrested by the Police immediately after
the massacre the Attorney General has indicted nine with the
murder of 24 Tamil civilians. The case against the accused
soldiers is still pending in the Trincomalee High Court
Meanwhile all material evidence, including weapons allegedly
used in the massacre, were destroyed when the office of the
Government Analyst in Colombo was gutted by fire last year,
legal sources said.
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11 February 1996, Sri Lankan armed forces arrived in army trucks at the Tamil village of
Kumarapuram in the Kiliveddi area of the Trincomalee district. Soldiers broke open the
windows of houses and fired at those inside. The initial death toll of Tamils who were
murdered at Kumarapuram on that fateful day was 24. They were killed because they were
1. Subiah Savirajah male age 76
2. Kinnan Kovinthan male age 72
Sinnadurai male age 56
4. Vadivelu Nadarajah male age 22
5. Sundaralingam Luxmy female
6. Arunasalam Kamaladevy female age 35
7. Alahuthurai Parames female age 30
8. Subramaniam Pakkiyam female age 30
9. Arumaithurai Vallipillai female age 28
Selladurai Pakkiyam female age 26
11. Anandan Annamah female age 26
Karunakaran young boy age 15
13. Arumaidurai Santhyaluxmy young girl age 15
Kanakarajah Subashinirajah young boy age 15
15. Vinayakamoorthy Suthaharan young boy age
16. Ramajeyam Kamaleswari young girl age 13
17. Thangavel Kala young girl age 12
18. Shanmuganathan Nizandan young boy age 11
19. Sundaralingam Pirabaharan young boy age
20. Amirthalingam Rasanighandi young girl age 10
21. Theepan Patiny young girl age
22. Sivapakiyam Thiraiyampan infant girl age 6
23. Pakkkiyarajah Vasanthini infant
girl age 6
24. Sundaralingam Subasini infant girl age 3
Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action appeal on 13 February 1996:
"In the largest incident of its kind since fighting between the Sri Lankan army
and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) resumed in April 1995, at least 24
civilians are reported to have been extrajudicially executed by members of the (Sri Lanka)
army on 11 February 1996...
According to survivors, a group of soldiers from 58th Mile Post army camp, possibly
accompanied by others from Dehiwatte and Kiliveddy as well as home guards from Dehiwatte,
killed 24 villagers at Kumarapuram, Kiliveddy, Trincomalee district, between 5.30pm and
8pm. Two soldiers had been killed by the LTTE when their patrol had been ambushed at
around 4pm about one mile north of Kiliveddy.
Several of the 25 people wounded in the same incident, who are currently receiving
treatment at Trincomalee Base Hospital told human rights workers how soldiers broke open
doors and windows of houses and fired at those inside. One of the women, Arumathurai
Thanalakshmi was reportedly dragged from a boutique in the village and taken to the milk
collection centre where she was raped before being shot. One of the other women killed was
On 13 February, members of the military police were reportedly taking statements from
the injured receiving treatment at Trincomalee Base Hospital. A magisterial inquiry has
been held and the bodies were handed over to the relatives later in the day. They are
reportedly due to be buried in a mass grave on 14 February.
Soldiers from the 58th Mile Post army camp have reportedly been transferred out of the
area. To Amnesty International's knowledge, none of them have been arrested.
Survivors claim they could identify some of the attackers. They say that five or six
soldiers in particular went around killing people. Others stood guard. Amnesty
International is urging that a full impartial investigation by a civilian authority be
immediately established to avoid crucial evidence being lost.
Since the resumption in April 1995 of armed conflict between members of the security
forces and the LTTE in the northeast of the country, there have been continuing reports of
extrajudicial executions, 'disappearances', torture and arbitrary arrests, although the
number of such violations have to date been on a more limited scale than in previous
Throughout 1995, Amnesty International recorded 55 cases of 'disappearance' and
approximately 40 extrajudicial executions.
Earlier, Amnesty International appealed to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
for a full and impartial investigation into a number of incidents of alleged extrajudicial
executions reported from the northeast during May 1995, including from Trincomalee...
In mid-January 1996, Amnesty International wrote to the President and to the Minister
of Justice and Constitutional Affairs asking to be informed of the outcome of the
investigations and any action subsequently taken to bring to justice those allegedly
responsible. To date, no responses have been received.."
The University Teachers for Human Rights (JB), no supporter of the Liberation
Tigers, reported on 16 February 1996:
"Between 5.30 and 7.30 PM on Sunday February 11th, armed men in military uniform
ran amok in the village of Kumarapuram, Killivetti, killing 24 (Tamil) civilians and
injuring may more. Among those killed were seven children under the age of 12, the
youngest being 3 years old. Some young women were raped, including one who was raped and
killed. The death toll would have been very much higher had not the people run out and
sought shelter in fields and a grave yard.The incident followed the killing of two army
personnel by the LTTE.
Mr.Thangathurai, MP for Trincomalee, who visited Kilevetti,
his own village, confirmed that the Sri Lankan army was responsible for the massacre.
According to the people a large number of troops were involved. Apart from those
responsible for the outrage, many troops were on guard in the surrounding area. They said
that they could identify several of the perpetrators. Several of the troops were from the
camp about the 57th mile post nearer Kilivetti. Some said that troops had also been
brought from other camps such as Dehiwatte in the Allai scheme.
Troops had prevented the injured from being taken away for medical treatment until 9.30
the following morning. They relented only when they heard that Brigadier Paramu Kulatunge
of Trincomalee and Wimal Gunatilleke, DIG/ Police, were coming into that area. The latter
had picked up several empty cartridge cases. An unexploded grenade that had been thrown
into a house with 12 inhabitants was also picked up...
...People moreover suspect that the degree of organisation in the massacre could not
have come about without complicity from a higher level in the local area. The act
follows previous acts of indiscipline that have gone unchecked. Towards the end of last
year several civilians in Mallikaitivu were badly assaulted by the army.
The matter had not been pressed after the Colonel in charge of the area gave an
assurance that such would not be repeated. Another incident is the murder of two
Perinparajahs. One Perinparajah, a socially active person in that area, used to pass on
information to concerned persons in Trincomalee about acts of indiscipline by the armed
forces. A different Perinparajah was killed, allegedly by the armed forces, who then
discovered their mistake. The Perinparajah sought after was according to the people
detained by the army at Mallikaitivu. His body was later found in the locality."
Tamil Net reported 8 years later:
Kumarapuram massacre victims remembered
[TamilNet, February 11, 2004 16:43 GMT]
The seventh death anniversary of
twenty-four Tamil civilians, including fourteen children, who
were massacred by a group of soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army in
Kumarapuram, in the Muttur division of the Trincomalee district,
on February 11, 1996, was held Wednesday. In the 1996 massacre,
another thirty Tamil civilians were seriously wounded, human
rights sources said.
Kumarapuram, a hamlet in the Kiliveddy area, which lies about
32 km south of
Trincomalee town, comes under the administrative limit of
Muttur Divisional Secretariat.
On the evening of 11th February 1996, at about 5 p.m., two
SLA soldiers were found dead with gunshot injuries at the 58th
milepost junction on the Kiliveddy-Muttur road, which leads to
the Kumarapuram village, located half a mile from the scene.
On receipt of information about this incident, a group of SLA
soldiers entered Kumarapuram, firing at random. Thereafter
soldiers ordered all civilians to come out of their dwellings
and lined them up for questioning. Then soldiers started
mercilessly beating them irrespective of their gender and age.
Two Tamil girls were gang-raped by several security personnel
and later killed. On the spot, 12 males, 13 females and 13 small
children were killed at night, sources said.
The next day, February 12,1996, volunteers hearing of the
massacre rushed to the village and found 24 bodies, which were
later brought to the Muttur hospital where the inquests were
held. On the Magistrate’s order, bodies were buried with the
assistance of non-governmental organizations, sources said.
58th junction at Kumarapuram
Of the injured, 4 were taken to the Serunuwara hospital and
the remaining 26 were taken to the Trincomalee hospital for
Relatives of those killed in the massacre are still
struggling to lead normal lives without a permanent income and
necessary assistance from the authorities concerned, civil
The breakdown by age group of those massacred by the SLA is
as follows: 3 infants below age 5, 3 children aged 5-10, 8
children aged 11-20, 6 persons aged 21-30, 2 persons 31-40 and 2
persons above 50.
A group of twenty soldiers was arrested by the Police
immediately after the massacre but only nine of them had been
indicted by the Attorney General with the murder of 24 Tamil
civilians. The case against the accused soldiers is still
pending in the Eastern High Court awaiting trial, legal sources
Kumarapuram village buildings destroyed by war
see also Extra judicial killings of Tamils at
the Jeyanthipuram camp