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TULF MP shot

By Nirupama Subramanian

COLOMBO, NOV. 7. A Parliamentarian of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka today.

Nimalan Soundaranayagam, 50, a first-time MP, was shot dead this evening when he was riding on his motorcycle near Kiran, 28 km north of Batticaloa town. His pillion rider was wounded.

A retired headmaster, Soundaranayagam had polled the highest number of preferential votes in the TULF list in the recently- held elections. His killing, which comes two days before the formal inauguration of Sri Lanka's 11th Parliament on Thursday, was evidence that the fratricidal violence of Tamil politics is not on the wane.

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