At least in the case of Balachandran Prabhakaran, there are no more questions - the cause of death is crystal clear. The 12 year old boy was captured by the Sri Lankan army, held prisoner, given a snack and then shot dead in cold blood. Five shots were fired into his chest at close range. The burn marks around the wound make it impossible that he was killed in cross-firing or in the course of a battle.
In March 2012, Channel 4 had released pictures of young Balachandran’s dead body, along with his five bodyguards. Apparently, in the last days of the LTTE, Prabhakaran’s young son was sent out to surrender along with five bodyguards. They were taken prisoner, interrogated about Prabhakaran’s and then………….shot.
Did Balachandran die first before his bodyguards or did he undergo the agony of seeing the men meant to protect him die before he was killed? Was Balachandran was killed in front of his trussed up body guards, who were later shot?
Why did Channel 4 wait for so long to release pictures of Balachandran which show him in army custody before his death? Did they have these pictures all along or did they just get hold of them? It is obvious that these pictures were taken as a war trophy, by individuals who witnessed the cruel execution. It is also possible that these pictures were circulated among Sri Lankan military personnel or veterans. Presumably, Channel 4 paid a lot of money and acquired them. I would like to believe that Channel 4 is not holding back any further evidence it may have regarding Prabhakaran’s death or the death of his wife Mathivathani Erambu or Prabhakaran’s daughter Duwaraka, though corporate greed being what it is, we are likely to see more pictures in an year from now. Most probably Channel 4 has pictures which show how Mathivathani Erambu and Duwaraka were executed. Releasing these pictures in batches keeps global interest in this story alive for longer. Milk the story for all that it’s worth!
Why oh why oh why Sri Lanka did you have to execute a 12 year old boy thus? Why did you have to stoop to the LTTE’s level? You will never live this down – the shame from this incident will be remembered for generations to come.