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Valvai massacre by Indian troops remembered thirty years on

The massacre of 63 Tamils in cold-blood by Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) in Valvai on August 2, 1989 was remembered on Friday, 30 years on.

IPKF officers, led by Brigadier Sankar Prasath, entered homes in the Valvettithurai region after imposing a curfew and shot and stabbed residents to death.

Some young men were dragged to the local junction where they were shot and killed. 

The soldiers also set fire to and destroyed 123 homes, and looted and burnt 45 businesses.

File photo: grid of selected victims' photographs from 2018 remembrance

No one has been held accountable for the deaths of the men, women and children to this day. 

A memorial built in their memory near Theeruvil crematorium was demolished by Sri Lankan army soldiers in 2010. 

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