However, I shall depart from the 1962 Coup topic this week and instead write about a politico-military assassination that took place 17 years ago. In February 2005, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Political Commissar for Batticaloa and Amparai Districts, Kausalyan was gunned down along the A-11 highway at Namalgama in the East. I have written about this killing when it happened years ago. This column will revisit that incident and related matters this week. The series of articles on the 1962 coup will continue intermittently from next week onwards.
February 7, 2005 was a Monday. A Toyota Hiace van bearing the number 57 – 1020 was going along the Maradankadawala -Thirukkondiadimadhu Road or A-11 highway. It slowed down as a vehicle with blinking lights was parked ahead on the right side of the road. With the lights signalling to go ahead, the van slowly passed the white coloured van parked alongside the road with its motor running. The time was around 7.45 p.m.
There were nine people inside the Hiace van. In front, seated next to driver Vinayagamoorthy was former Amparai District TNA Parliamentarian, Ariyanayagam Chandra Nehru. Sitting next to him was a policeman from Thirukkovil, Chandrasekeran. In the middle was the LTTE eastern political Commissar Kausalyan, his comrade at arms Pugalan and another constable Nagarajah. Three other LTTE cadres Senthamilan, Nithimaran and Vinothan were seated at the rear.