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Aiyathurai Nadesan, Virakesari, IBC
31 May 2004

Tamil journalist Aiyathurai Nadesan was gunned down in Batticaloa (220 km east of Colombo) as he was going to work on 31 May 2004 by two men on a motorcycle who got away. His body was taken to the local hospital where an autopsy was carried out.

Nadesan worked for the daily Virakesari Tamil, the Tamil-language service of the London-based radio station IBC and several online media. He was known for criticising the Sri Lankan army and paramilitary groups in his weekly column in Virakesari Tamil’s Sunday edition.