A 78-year-old Tamil man, who survived the genocidal onslaught on Vanni, was killed Friday in Ki’linochchi where ‘Yaazh Theavi’ train, which was under a trial run, knocked him down at a crossing without an operational barrier. The accident comes two days ahead of SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to declare the train service extended to Ki’linochchi from Vavuniyaa in a hasty election propaganda move on Sunday.
The victim was identified as Vairamuththu Thirunavukarasu from Tho’ndamaan-nakar in Ki’linochchi.
The fatal accident which claimed the life Mr Thirunavukkarasu on the spot has taken place at 155th Mile Post in Ki’linochchi around 10:00 a.m. Friday.
The trial run of the train has been conducted without operational barriers or signal lights, news sources in Ki’linochchi said.