Paramilitary operative wounded in grenade blast

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 06 May 2003, 09:16 GMT]
An operative of the paramilitary, Razeek Group, was wounded in a grenade attack Monday night in Batticaloa town, Police said. The wounded operative is employed as a soldier of the Sri Lanka armyís National Guard (SLNG). Unidentified persons who lobbed the grenade at the soldier had got away, Police said. The Razeek Group worked with the SLA in operations against the Liberation Tigers in the eastern district.

The soldier, identified as Patkunam Ramesh, was at his home in Puthur when he was attacked. The Razeek Group was one of the most feared paramilitaries that operated under the SLA in the east. The group was co-opted into the SLNG following the death of Razeek (Muthulingam Ganeshakumar), the groupís leader in May 1999 in a suicide bomb attack.

Puthur is a highly secure suburb of Batticaloa town surrounded by the Batticaloa lagoon, a Sri Lanka Air Force base, an SLA camp and Police sentries.

Many members of paramilitaries operating with the Sri Lankan armed forces took up residence in this suburb during the war.


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