Chettikulam Massacre – 02.12.1984


Chettikulam is a border village of Vavunia district twenty km away from Vavunia town on the Vavunia-Mannar road. Farmers, traders, laborers and government officials live in this village.

On 02.12.1984 curfew was imposed in all parts of Chettikulam area by army. The army started encircling Chettikulam village around 5.30 am. More of the villagers were asleep. The army entered the Chettigula village and took away the male villagers for questioning. Fifty-two of them were taken to Madavachi in military vehicles at Chettikulam junction.

After this there is no information about them. However, the people of Chettakula say that they were killed by the army in a Sinhalese village in Madavachi and they killed the culprits by using dozers.

Chettikulam Maha Vidyalaya teacher D. Yesudasan referring to the incident…

“The army, which had issued a curfew, rounded up and arrested fifty-two men and took them away for questioning. My brother and my sister's husband died in this incident. Also the two people who worked in my house were arrested and shot dead. After this, the people of this place migrated to places like Vanni, Madu, India.”

Details of those who were killed in Chettikulam Massacre on 02.12.1984:

  1. Soosaipillai Kristharasa (age 32 – Kamam)
  2. Rajaiya.
  3. Ramasamy Ponnuthurai (age 45 – Kamam)
  4. Urganasamy (age 23 – Kamam)
  5. What is it?
  6. Kandiya Kengaratnam
  7. Kumar Mohan
  8. Kumar Varadarasa (Age 19 – Business)
  9. Gurukulaswamy (age 23 – Kamam)
  10. Kulasekarampillai Eugene (age 18 – Kamam)
  11. Pandyan Empire
  12. B. Arul Prakasam (age 30 – Kamam)
  13. Philippaia Arulprakasam (age 38 – Kamam)
  14. Paramalingam Paramanathan
  15. Iyampillai Paramanathan (Age 33 – Agriculture)
  16. Duraiappa Nathan
  17. Muthuswamy Konar Gopal
  18. Murugesu Sankarapillai (Age 38 – Labourer)
  19. Appappillai Vetrivellai (Kamam)
  20. Albin Robinson (age 26 – Kamam)
  21. Alvin Anthonysri Vinson (age 24 – Carpenter)
  22. Alvin Alexander (Age 21 – Carpenter)
  23. Alvin Unran
  24. Ponnuturai Krishtarasa
  25. Ponnuthurai Thananayakam
  26. Don Bosco Roman
  27. Soundararasan Pusparasan (age 27 – woodworking)
  28. Chelliah Utd
  29. Chelliah Ketheeswaran (age 28 – Kamam)
  30. Seller Murthy
  31. Seller Mahendran
  32. Vedanayagam Sepamalai (age 31 – Kamam)
  33. Velupillai Sivabalasingham (Age 35 – Agriculture)
  34. Chandanappillai Iruthayarasa (age 25 – Kamam)
  35. Chinnakutty Gandaswamy
  36. Sivaganesan
  37. Sankarapillai Balendran (age 29 – Kamam)
  38. Vadivel Ashokumar
  39. Vinayakamurthy Yoganathan (age 24 – Kamam)

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

 

By: Tamil Genocide 1956 – 2001 Book.