The mortal remains of the Body Guard of Justice Ilancheliyan, Sarath Hemachchjandra, who was slain on Saturday 22th, while trying to save the justice from an assassination attempt targeting the Justice. Ilancheliyan, was interred at his native Kumarakadduwa in Chilaw with full State Honours.
SI, Sarath Hemachchandra, 17 years body guard of Justice Ilancheliyan was mortally injured while trying to save the justice from the shots of an assailant now under custody and later succumbed to his injuries at Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Jaffna. While praising him for the valour, a large number of people including Political VIPs, Judges and the General public paid their last respects to him in Jaffna.
Judges accompanied his coffin to Chillaw. Homage paying events were also held in his memory at several places in the North including the University of Jaffna.
Several Tamil and Sinhala Judges including High Court judges Premsankar, Sasi Mahendran and Illancheliyan, and District Judges Prbaharan, Alex Rajah, Judeson, Karunakaran, Riyal, and Valan Anantharajah, Judiciary Officials and general public from Northern Province participated in the Funeral.
Because of the presence several VIPs, security was found tightened in and around Kumarakadduwa.
It is notable that the slain officer has been posthumously promoted to the Rank of SI.