No bail for 5 Lankan cops charged with Tamils’ murder
A Sri Lankan court on Friday refused bail to five policemen charged with the murder of two Tamil students and remanded them in custody till November 18. The Jaffna magistrate rejected their bail petition and remanded them in custody for two more weeks. On October 20, two students of the Jaffna University were gunned down by police in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated Northern Province, prompting authorities to arrest five policemen. The students were shot dead at a police checkpoint in Jaffna. Though police initially denied shooting the students, a post-mortem report found bullets in one of the bodies. The killing had ignited large-scale protests in Jaffna.