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Killing of Religious Dignitaries and Laymen

By the security forces and paramilitary in Sri Lanka

by Tamil Centre for Human Rights, September 9, 2007

Rest of report to UN Human Rights Council

Name Place of incident Date
A Hindu priest burnt alive by rioters Kalutara, South of Sri Lanka 1958
Rev Fr. Mary Bastian Vankalai-Mannar 05/01/1985
Rev Jeyarajasingham andhis wife were found hacked to death Murunkan-Manna Feb 1985
Fr Wenceslaus   Tholagatty-Jaffna 1986
Fr Chandra Fernando  Batticaloa 1988
Fr Herbiet (an American Jesuit priest) Eravur-Batticaloa  1990
Fr Selvarajah  Sorikalmunai-Amparai 1990
Rev Inasi Arulpalan  Konnavil-Kilinochchi 25/08/1997
Ms Sarathambal Saravanbavanantha (Kurukal - of a Hindu Brahmin family gang-raped and murdered Sri Lankan Navy soldiers) Pungudutivu, Jaffna 28/12/1999
Varatharaja Kurukkal Harihara Sarma Kodikamam-Jaffna 14/11/2004
Sabanatha Sarma Maruthanamadam-Jaffna 14/09/2005
Five people killed inside the Mosque Akkaraipattu Grand Mosque 18/11/2005
Buddhist monk Ven. Nanda Rathan Mahadivulwewa-Trincomalee 13/05/2006
Hindu priest Venkata Krishna Sharma   Kaithady Bridge - Jaffna 26/05/2006
Rev Fr. T. Nihal Jimbrown   Allapiddy-Jaffna 20/08/2006
W Winsan Vimalathas (Fr Nihal Jimbrown's helper) Allapiddy-Jaffna 20/08/2006
Selliah Parameshwaram Sandiweli (Hindu priest) Batticaloa 07/02/2007
Pastor Victor Emmanuel Yogarajan (along with his two sons and a friend) Negombo 01/03/2007
Ratnasabapathy Aiyar Somaskantha Velanai, Jaffna  30/04/2007
Mawlawi Rafeek (Muslim religious leader) Ninthavoor-Amparai 11/08/2007

 

 

Arrest & injury

Hindu priest Ragupathy Sarma + his wife Modera Kaliamman temple, Colombo Feb 2000 Arrest
Hindu priest Kothandathas Selva Vinayagar temple, Kandy August 1999 Arrest & torture
The chief Hindu priest of Annapani Hindu temple Ariyampathi in Batticaloa 24/04/2005 Injured by a gun shot
Hindu priest Bala Jegadeeshwara - Gurukkal Pettah, Colombo 14/10/2006 Arrest  & torture  
The chief Hindu priest and the Temple Trustee Board Chairman Velanai, Perunkulam Muththumaariamman, Jaffna 03/05/2007 Arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy