LTTE terrorists massacre Muslims in Eravur-Batticaloa
(History recalled - 11th August 1990)
The Muttur episode today is a continuation of the LTTE
'ethnic cleansing' programme . The LTTE terrorists began 'ethnic
cleansing' as early as 1984 when they massacred men, women, children,
whatever age they were.
This was even before the terrorists began driving the
Muslim population as well as the Sinhalese from the Northern Province,
eastern province, Jaffna peninsula and Mannar district.
Muslims living in the eastern province hardly had time to recover from
the shocking LTTE terrorists massacre of over 150 Muslims leaving dozens
injured on Friday night, 3rd August 1990. The victims, men, women and
children were praying in the Husseiniya and Meera Jumma mosques in
Kaththankudy when over 50 terrorists working in two groups forced
themselves in with their assault rifles blazing at them.
time the terrorists again selected the predominantly Muslim town of
Eravur, about 9 miles east of Batticoloa on the Polonnaruwa-Batticoloa
road. Sixteen years ago today the 11th of August 1990, the LTTE
terrorists once again massacred 104 Muslims consisting of 45 males, 28
females and 31 children using T-56 assault rifles, knives, razors. More
were seriously injured and some succumbed to their injuries. After
killing them, the terrorists tore away all jewelry from the females and
to terrorize the entire Muslim community they beheaded some of the
survivors with long 'kathis'.
This massacre was a continuation of terrorist 'ethnic
cleansing. Again the victims belonged to the Muslim dominated Saddam
Hussein village, Pannaikadu, Kalundakuli villages in the Eravur
electorate Muslim division. The Eravur massacre evoked the worst fears
of the community as it was just about ten days after the brutal massacre
in the two mosques in Kattankudy.
the 20th of August over 450 Muslims were killed by the terrorists. On
the 14th, 7 Muslims were killed by the terrorist in Samanthurai. An
English daily reported on the 15th, "24 Muslims, Sinhalese villagers
killed" in Anuradhapura, Vavuniya and Trincomalee.
In Avaranthalwa and Trincomalee over 200 armed Tiger
terrorists attacked the Tambalagama Muslim village and shot 9 Muslims
and 1 Sinhalese villager. In Akkaraipattu, Tiger terrorists bombed the
Periyapalli mosque and three Muslims identified as K.L. Samsudeen,
Sulaiman Lebbe Meera Saibo and M.I Jamal were injured and left for dead.
They were praying in the mosques. "Forty Muslims
massacred in armed attacks" was a headline in an English Daily on the
7th. "10 Muslims were shot and wounded" was another caption. At about
7.00p.m on Sunday, 18 farmers in Palamkulam off Oluvil in Akkaraipattu
area were caught by the terrorists and were shot with their hands tied
behind their back. At Paranayanppu junction on the Akkaraipattu-Ampara
road Tiger terrorists sprayed bullets killing over 15 Muslim villagers
and just a short distance away, farmers were shot dead in the paddy
field they were cultivating. Muslim villagers from Attalaichenai,
Nintavur Oluivil, Palamunai were abducted by LTTE terrorist and later
did the terrorists spare the Sinhalese community. The same English daily
reported: "Tigers kill eight in Nawagama village". About 50 LTTE
terrorists stormed into a room in the village and opened fire with T-56
assault rifles fatally injuring a 17 year old girl Nilmini who later
died in hospital.
Madduma Bandara identified as a railway labourer was
also among the dead. D.G. Kusumalatha, an eyewitness stated that over 25
terrorists stormed into the 16 line rooms. Many took cover under beds
and wherever they could hide to avoid being killed.
In these incidents the Tiger terrorists were training
large groups to initiate their recruits to kill without mercy. Any newly
recruited terrorist refusing to cut their victims or behead them as
ordered by the hierarchy were beheaded as a lesson for disobeying
Tigers Are Terrorists". Sir David Goodall the British Ambassador
reportedly stated in New Delhi that the "Tamil Tigers are terrorists".
Sir Goodall was reacting to reports of the continuous killing of
hundreds of Muslims and Sinhalese civilians by the Tiger terrorists in
the month of August.
Sir David Goodall told a news conference on the 10th:
"We have no doubt that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka
is at the moment conducting a terrorist campaign aimed at disrupting the
integrity of Sri Lanka. We are behind Sri Lanka in protecting its
integrity". This was perhaps the first official declaration by the
British government that the LTTE was "conducting a terrorist campaign"
in Sri Lanka.
The USA and the United Kingdom (one and half decades
later) listed the LTTE as a terrorist organization recently.