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Police officers accused of Thunnalai shooting granted bail

Two Sri Lankan police officials charged with the shooting and killing of a Tamil man in Vadamarachchi have been granted bail by the Jaffna High Court.

On July 9, police opened fire on a hunter vehicle in Thunnalai, killing 24-year-old Yogarasa Thinesh.

The killing sparked protests in the Vadamarachchi region, with locals venting their anger on police vehicles and buildings.

Months of police crackdowns followed and relations between Vadamarachchi residents and security forces remain tense.

Sub-inspector Sivarasa Sanjeev and constable Muttalib Mohammed Mubarak were both arrested on the same day of the shooting and have been kept in remand since.

They were granted bail on Tuesday while the case continues.