Thank you for publishing the article on Sri Lanka (Feb. 10). The statement made by the Sri Lankan government's aide about "leftist Tamils" did not surprise me at all. I am sure the government aide is putting it this way in order to gain continued arms support from the U.S. government.
But in truth, his accusations are not entirely accurate. Because on Jan. 6, 1985, at 1 a.m. at St. Anne's Rectory Vankalai, a Catholic priest, the Rev. Mary Bastian Manuelpillai, was shot and killed by the Sri Lankan government's security forces. Along with him two of my relatives were also shot and killed by the same group! One was Michael Nathan Croos (age 21) who was preparing to enter a Catholic seminary, and the other was Thangachiammal (age 72), who was my aunt.