On Sunday October the 16th, British Tamils commemorated the twenty-fourth death anniversary of Lt. Colonel Pulendran and Lt. Colonel Kumarappa, as well as ten other cadres in Merton, South London.
The event saw around 200 people gather to pay their respects and was marked with music and speeches from members of the community.
Lt. Colonel Pulendran and Lt. Colonel Kumarappa swallowed cyanide and committed suicide after being arrested by the Indian Peace Keeping Force and were in the process of being taken to Colombo for interrogation. The incident occurred within two months of the IPKF arriving on the island.
The ten other cadres were Major Abdullah, Captains Karan, Ragu, Palani and Miresh, Lts Thavakumar, Anbalagan, Second Lt. Anandakumar, Lt.Reginald and Captain Nalan.
They all passed away on the 5th of October 1987, at the Sri Lankan Army’s Palaly base in Jaffna.