July 05, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation's Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police has arrested 12 Special Task Force (STF) Police personnel for the high profile killing of five Tamil students in Trincomalee of eastern Sri Lanka in 2006.
The suspects including an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) have been produced in Trincomalee Magistrate court, and Trincomalee Chief Magistrate U.L.M. Azhar ordered the suspects to be remanded until July 18 at the Anuradhapura Prison.
The killing of the 5 Tamil students took place on January 02, 2006 when they were playing in the beach. The 5 students were detained briefly and then shot to death.
The authorities claimed the students were LTTE terrorists and they were ready to lob a grenade. However, further investigations have revealed that the students were shot in the execution style.
The murders and subsequent efforts to cover up the involvement of security forces have drawn a huge outcry from international Human Rights groups as well as the local groups and the families of the victims.
Dr. Kasipillai Manoharan, the father of one of the students killed, appealed to international rights groups including the UN Human Rights Commission to investigate the crime and to provide justice to his son and other victims.