Daring shots were fired yesterday behind Nallur Temple, on the High Court judge M.Ilamcheliyan yesterday evening in Nallur area. Although the judge had escaped the assassination attempt, one of his body guards was killed and another injured seriously and admitted at the Jaffna teaching hospital. This incident has caused tension in the area and produced shock waves all over country.
A commotion was caused at around 5.30 p.m. by two persons quarrelling on the road behind Nallur Temple. Judge Ilancheliyan’s car had come through this road and the body guards tried to clear the path for the judge’s car and got into an argument with one of the people who were quarrelling. In the melee the said person had captured the gun of the body guards and while the body guard trying to recapture his gun, this person had started firing the gun. Although the judge had escaped by hair breadth, two of his body guards were seriously injured and succumbed to his injuries at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, where the injured policemen were admitted. Other policeman is in a serious condition it is reported.
After the shooting the assailant had taken by force a motor cycle of a woman and made good his escape.
Lot of tension and commotion were caused in the area and police and Army personnel were massed in the area and inquiries were made.
Commenting on the incident judge Ilancheliyan said that the assailant had plucked the gun off his body guard, and the body struggled to get it back. I got down from the car and ran to my body guard shouting at the assailant to leave the gun. He started firing. In the shooting my body guard, a sergeant, was injured. Thereafter he tried to shoot at me and my other guard pushed me in the car and started firing at the assailant. When the assailant fired shots at me and my other guard also got injured. I am not sure whether the assailant was injured in the shooting of my guard, but I saw him running with a limp.
I normally travel through this road. A suspicion has risen whether this shooting is targeted at me as I am a person handling more than 6 serious cases in the past.
I have ordered the DIG and HQI to examine the CCTV cameras in the area and arrest the suspect immediately. The shooting on me is a challenge against the Judiciary. I request that the Ministry of Justice, Judicial Services Commission, and my Chief Justice to take appropriate action , said he.