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Mother continues struggle for justice for murdered Tamil journalism student

Nilakshan's parents lay flowers at Jaffna Hindu College remembrance event in August 2017.

The mother of an up and coming Tamil journalist was shot and killed by suspected Sri Lankan military intelligence personnel in 2007, has reiterated her calls for justice for the killing.

Sahathevan Nilakshan, a 22-year-old media student at Jaffna University and budding journalist, was gunned down in front of his home, nearly 11 years ago. At a time when the Jaffna district was on lockdown due to military-imposed curfew, and the city’s streets were heaving with troops, so-called unidentified gunmen were able to approach Nilakshan’s home in Kokkuvil, a busy suburb less than 5km away from town.

"My son was innocent,” said his mother Selvarani Sahadevan. "The culprits who were behind this killing should be punished. Many Tamil journalists were killed but still there is no justice."

“His death certificate mentioned that death occurred from brain damage and shock due to the shots,” she added.

She noted that at the time, Nilakshan had attended a remembrance event for Taraki Sivaram, a prominent Tamil journalist who was also murdered. Sivaram was a prominent Tamil journalist and then editor of TamilNet, when he was kidnapped and murdered in Colombo in 2005.

"Maybe the military thought that Sivaram's death should not be commemorated,” said Ms Sahadevan.

See more on efforts to bring justice for Nilakshan’s murder on ucanews here.