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Kokuvil Hindu College massacre by IPKF commemorated

The 35th anniversary event of the Kokuvil Hindu College massacre by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IKPF) was held in Jaffna on Monday.

The commemoration was in front of the entrance of Kokuvil Hindu College on Kankesanturai Road and organized by the relatives of victims.

On 10 October, there were widespread aerial attacks and artillery attacks across Jaffna by the Indian military.

More than one thousand people from Kokuvil east and Annaikoddai had taken refuge in Kokuvil Hindu College, flying white flags at the entrances.

On 24 October, Indian forces moving in heavy military vehicles along the KKS road towards Jaffna town started firing artillery from their tanks directly into the Kokuvil Hindu College buildings where people had taken refuge.

26 civilians taking refuge in one classroom were killed by these attacks. A further 14 injured civilians died without medical care while they were being taken to smaller hospitals. The college’s dean Prof Chandrasekaran, was also killed in this massacre.

A further 80 people were injured. Unable to hold proper funeral and burial or cremation the dead bodies were buried in the college playground.

To date, no one has been held accountable for the killings.

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