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ICRC deplores murder of employee in Sri Lanka

12-01-1998 News Release 98/01

Geneva (ICRC) - In the early hours of 10 January, Mr Gnapiragasam Thimoty Raveenthiran, working as a night watchman at the ICRC sub-delegation in Vavuniya, was murdered when the sub-delegation's offices were robbed and ransacked. Mr Raveenthiran, who had been employed by the ICRC since June 1997, was 37 years old. He is survived by his wife and two  children.

As soon as the crime was discovered the next morning, an investigation was opened by the military authorities and the police. Mr Raveenthiran's body was taken to the hospital in Vavuniya and was later handed over to his family. A funeral service held on Sunday was attended by many of the victim's friends and colleagues, and by the head of the ICRC delegation in Sri Lanka.

The ICRC deeply deplores this tragic event. In its capacity as a neutral intermediary between the parties to the conflict, the ICRC has been working in Sri Lanka since 1989, where it visits persons deprived of their liberty, restores contact between dispersed family members, assists the civilian population and teaches the rules of behaviour in combat to the belligerents.