A British Tamil business man, Kandiah Rajagopal, who owned a hotel in Trincomalee, was shot and injured off Vihara Road, near a Sri Lankan army base, on Tuesday.
The shooting, having occurred despite the overbearing military presence in the North-East, is the latest in a string of attacks on foreign nationals.
The shooting of Rajagopal, a hotelier, comes as several other hotel owners, including foreign investers, have accused the government of arbitarily demolishing hotels in the Unawatuna region, reported the British newspaper, The Telegraph - 'Sri Lankan government accused over bulldozed hotels'.
According to the newspaper, hotel owners and human rights groups have alleged that the targetting of these privately owned, smaller hotels, was a ploy to push tourists towards larger resorts.
See Army to build a 5-star hotel (06 Nov 2011)
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