Young man shot dead by Sri Lankan police in Jaffna

A young Tamil man was shot dead by the Sri Lankan police today, close to Vallipuram Aalvar Temple in the Vadamaradchi sector of Jaffna district.

The victim has been identified as Yogarajah Thinesh, aged twenty-four.

Following the incident, a police jeep was stoned by angry protesters.

The Sri Lankan police claim that the man was engaged in illegal sand mining, and was shot dead when he tried to break a police cordon to avoid arrest.

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