Mannar, Murungan Road Massacre – 04.12.1984


On the morning of 04.12.1984, a massive explosion was heard at around 11 am in the eleventh block area. After that, all the soldiers went to the Toladi camp and returned to Uilangula area in the afternoon. At that time, a helicopter was also circling in the sky. The soldiers who came there and shot dead the people who were sitting on the street stopped the bus coming from Vavunia while it was going towards the 11th block and the Sinhalese conductor did not allow it. So they shot him and shot dead the forty people in the bus. Only one elderly person survived in an unconscious state. After that, the soldiers went back to Murungan Taparkanthor after shooting everyone in sight.

In particular, they shot and killed the driver, conductor, and people standing in a nearby house. The carnage continued till that evening. Those who died were mostly those who fled for safety and returned home to collect supplies. Then the next day, after the soldiers went to the camps, all the dead bodies were taken away with the help of the father. The corpses of more than a hundred people who came in the bus and worked in the fields were taken away. More than two hundred dead bodies of civilians almost from Murungan to Tolladi Camp; were found. On the fourth day of March 1984, Mannar district was devastated by the killing spree of the Sri Lanka Army. On the second day (06.12.1984) after the incident, King Ayar received the permission of the Sri Lanka Army. The President along with the people took ninety bodies (some burnt) to the Mannar Hospital. The death toll in this incident is more than two hundred.

Gnanaprakasam Anthonypillai from Vattakandal said:

"In this, an elderly man who was unable to walk said: He stopped the bus and got everyone off, except for a few people like him, who stood in a row and shot him with an automatic gun.

He said the soldiers shot together. In this incident, they shot all those who were doing field work without any discrimination. Their dead bodies, all unclothed and unidentifiable, were deposited in the Mannar Hospital three days later. During the incident shops on the street and some public houses were all smashed and burnt."

Kathiran Soundararajan of Vattakandal Balaperumalkat said about the incident:

“Following the 1984 landmine attack on the eleventh block, the Sri Lankan army who arrived there killed more than two hundred people by chopping them up and burning them in haystacks. Many of our relatives have died in this incident. One of my brothers was tortured to drink blood. They shot and killed one of my brothers named Nadarasa. In 1984, they tortured and killed my other brother, Kandasamy, in the third pitti.”

Details of those killed in the Mannarb massacre on 04.12.1984:

  1. Susai Niklas (age 38 – labourer)
  2. Susai Anthony (Age 52 – Agriculture)
  3. Sussebu Inmanuel Lempet (Age 24 – Agriculture)
  4. Emmanuel Susiyapu Lempat (age 24 – Labourer)
  5. Ramaiah Kandasamy (age 50 – Tezilali)
  6. Rajaiah Irakunathan (Age 40 – Cooperative Inspector)
  7. Ramalingam Lacchumanan (Age 50 – Labourer)
  8. Yakovu Manuel / Alas (age 50 – Agriculture)
  9. K. D. Rajaretnam (Age 67 – Doctor)
  10. Kandapu Apputhurai (Age 64 – Agriculture)
  11. Captain Najeemuddin (Age 32 – Labourer)
  12. Kuppusamy Chelathurai (Age 55 – Auditor)
  13. Gabriel Jeevanandham (age 40 – postal worker)
  14. Karupaiah Achuthan (Age 34 – Engineer)
  15. Karupaiah Perumal (Age 60 – Labourer)
  16. Priest Kandasamy (age 46 – Labourer)
  17. Bilendran Allyons (age 55 – Kamam)
  18. Piranchisaviri Saram (Age 54 – Agriculture)
  19. Philip Bilendran (age 56 – Agriculture)
  20. Mailvaganam Jayakumar (Age 32 – Agriculture)
  21. Manuel Alas (age 52 – Agriculture)
  22. Muhammad Khaniba Sultan (age 36 – Konraikar)
  23. Muthuchami Subramaniam (Age 58 – Mechanic)
  24. Meelasakibu Appulmajeedu (Age 43 – Agriculture)
  25. Manjan Chinnappan (Age 34 – Labourer)
  26. Murugesu Navaratnam (Age 54 – Agriculture)
  27. Murugesu Chellamma (age 60)
  28. Antheni Francis Morai (age 29 – postal worker)
  29. Anthony Sebamalai (age 48 – Ligitar)
  30. Anthony Gurudasan (Age 23 – Agriculture)
  31. Anthony Yoganathan (Age 18 – Student)
  32. Anthony Yoganathan Miral (18 years - Agriculture)
  33. Akinimuthu Ramasamy (Age 34 – Labourer)
  34. Aputura Weerasingham (age 40 – Mechanic)
  35. Appiah Chelliah (Age 57 – Business)
  36. Ariyaputran Thirunavukarasu (age 49 – Business)
  37. Alexander Mattinrajkumar (Age 34 – Electrical Superintendent)
  38. Alaghan Kalimuthu (Age 65 – Labourer)
  39. Alagaya Kalimuthu (Age 31 – Agriculture)
  40. Arulmalar Jonespapist (age 28 – domestic worker)
  41. Arulanandam Durairaja (Age 32 – Government Servant)
  42. Alfred Paul Noel Emmanuel (Age 45 – Agriculture)
  43. Alphonse Soosainathan Crew (Age 34 – Manager)
  44. Andy Arumugam Sundararaj (Age 45 – Agriculture)
  45. Nesarasan (Age 50 – Agriculture)
  46. Kenmariatas Mayes (age 57 – Agriculture)
  47. Ponnambalam (Age 40 – Trader)
  48. Ponnaiya Alagaiya (Age 65 – Agriculture)
  49. Peturu Ariyaratnam (Age 42 – Postal Clerk)
  50. Benjamin S. Repanjere Thavaretnam (Age 45 – Prison Officer)
  51. Sebamalai Marycarmilarani (age 28)
  52. Chelliya Shanmuganathan (age 45 – Pharmacist)
  53. Velu Rajalingam (Age 25 – Labourer)
  54. Velu Ganes (Age 40 – Labourer)
  55. Velu Ganapathipillai (Age 58 – Agriculture)
  56. Velu Panneerselvam (Age 31 – Business)
  57. Velupillai Ganavathipillai (Age 58 – Agriculture)
  58. Lorensappillai Babilupillai (Age 47 – Agriculture)
  59. Channasi Rengaia (age 55 – Labourer)
  60. Santhampillai Mariamphallai (age 30 – Kamam)
  61. Sandhya Alyons Soosainathan (Age 36 – Business)
  62. Sundarampillai Sebastianpillai (Age 45 – Agriculture)
  63. Subpan Krisnapillai (age 38 – Trader)
  64. Subbiah (age 75 – beggar)
  65. Saminathan Kannuswamy (Age 28 – Watchman)
  66. Saseem Samad (Age 36 – Business)
  67. Chinnakutty Kathiravel Arumugam (age 72)
  68. Chinnathambi Subramaniam (Age 51 – Agriculture)
  69. Seemanpillai Chandiyamplai (Age 58 – Agriculture)
  70. Savirian Chandiokubaruna (Age 32 – Agriculture)
  71. Vallipuram Thiagarasa (Age 40 – Assistant Postmaster General)
  72. Richadkulas Sekhizayar

Note:- The name details of all those affected in this incident could not be obtained.

By: Tamil Genocide 1956 – 2001 Book.