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Assassinated TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham remembered in Batticaloa 9 years on

Photograph Tamilwin

The late Tamil politician Joseph Pararajasingham, who was shot dead on Christmas Eve by armed government paramilitary men in 2005, was remembered today in a memorial service held at the Ilangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) office in Batticaloa to mark the 9th anniversary of this death.

Photograph Tamilwin

TNA MPs P. Ariyanethiran and S. Yogeswaran, along with the Eastern Provincial Council members R. Thurairatnam, Govinthan Karunakaran, G. Krishnapillai, M. Nadaraja and P Inthirakumar lit lamps in the memory of Mr. Pararajasingham.

Photograph Tamilwin

Mr. Pararajasingham, who was a senior TNA figure, and the MP for Batticaloa district, was shot and killed by two gunmen whilst he was attending Christmas prayers at the St Mary's church in Batticaloa town. His wife, Sugunam Pararajasingham was seriously wounded in the gunfire. See more here.

The assassination, which occurred during the official ceasefire between the government and the LTTE, was condemned by Tamils around the world.

LTTE Political Wing's head, S. P. Thamilselvan pays his respects - 28 Dec 2005

"Mr Pararajasingham served as a supreme political leader working resolutely to confront forces that attempted to destroy Tamil Nationalism. Tamil people across the world regarded him as an honest leader and his murder has angered and saddened all of us," the head of the LTTE's political wing, S. P. Thamilchelvan told mourners in Kilinochchi who had gathered at his funeral to pay their respects. See here for coverage of his memorial event on December 28, 2005 by TamilNet.

Memorial procession in Kilinochchi - 28 Dec 2005

Mr Pararajasingham was posthumously conferred the title 'Maamanithar' by the LTTE.

 LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran pays his respects