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Othiyamalai massacre of 1984 remembered in Mullaitivu

The killing of 32 Tamils in Othiyamalai, Mullaitivu by the Sri Lankan army in 1984 was commemorated on Monday, thirty-five years after the massacre.

On December 2,1984, men in the village were rounded up by soldiers, dragged to the village community centre where they were stripped naked and tied up by their clothes.

Twenty-seven of the men were shot and killed on the spot. A further five were detained and are believed to have been murdered at a later date.

An original memorial built in front of the community centre was destroyed by the Sri Lankan military during the final stages of the armed conflict.

The memorial event was attended by TNA MP Shanthi Sriskandarajah, former NPC member T Ravikaran and several local politicians.