However, Mallaakam Magistrate A. Judson was not buying the villagers claim that the policemen who shot the 32-year-old man, Sutharshan Packyiyarasa, were drunk.
He was thinking that the policemen who intervened were those who were returning after meeting him about another case.
The eyewitnesses blame that the policeman who fired did it with the intent to kill and was wearing civilian clothes. They also question why the policeman shot below the shoulders knowing that the act would claim the life of the victim.
They also question whether police officers deployed in South would do the same to Sinhala people within the premises of a Buddhist temple or vihara and argue that the policemen and the entire police system in Jaffna operate with a racist attitude towards Tamils.
The police power should be with the Northern Provincial Council if people's security were to be ensured in a proper way, political observers in Jaffna say pointing out that all the police and STF criminals have escaped punishment after brutal firing incidents claiming innocent peoples lives in the previous four killings within the past 3 years in the Jaffna peninsula.