2007 Murder of Red Cross Workers in Sri Lanka - Incident

Incident

Two staff members of Sri Lanka Red Cross from the east, one Sinnarajah Shanmuganathan, 38, and Karthigesu Chandramohan, 28, who had come to capital Colombo for a training program in Tsunami work . According to Head of Sri Lanka Red Cross in Batticaloa, Mr Vasantharajah, the two were part of a group of six aid workers sent from Batticaloa who had been sent on May 30, 2007 to Colombo.

After completing the training program on May 30 and June 1, the group had gone to the main Fort Railway station in the Capital Colombo at 6:30 p.m. Friday to take the 7:15 p.m. train to Batticaloa. A group of men, who were dressed in civilian clothes and claimed to be policemen, had asked to examine the national identity cards of the six. Later on they abducted Shanmuganathan and Chandramohan in a white van for allegedly for "questioning," according to the other four members of the group. Victim Shanmuganathan joined the Red Cross in 1997 and Chandramohan has been working with Red Cross from 1999.

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