Killing of Balachandran Prabhakaran

Balachandran Prabhakaran (1 October 1996 – 19 May 2009) was the third child of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam movement.

Balachandran Prabhakaran
Born(1997-05-10)10 May 1997
Died20 May 2009(2009-05-20) (aged 12)
Nanthikadal lagoon, Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka

He was killed by Sri Lanka forces after surrendering during the final phase of the Sri Lankan Civil War in May 2009. The Sri Lankan military claims he was killed in cross fire during a battle. In 2013, leaked images showed Balachandran Prabhakaran, apparently in the custody of the Sri Lankan military. Subsequent images showed him dead, having been shot up to five times in the chest.[1][2][3][4][5]

According to Callum Macrae, director of the documentary No Fire Zone: "The new photographs are enormously important evidentially because they appear to rule out any suggestion that Balachandran was killed in cross-fire or during a battle. They show he was held, and even given a snack, before being taken and executed in cold blood."[1]

The group Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka has stated that the images are proof the child was executed soon after being captured.[2]


  1. ^ a b Buncombe, Andrew (18 February 2013). "Handed a snack, and then executed". London: Independent UK. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Balachandran Prabhakaran: Sri Lanka army accused over death". BBC News. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Remembering Balachandran". Tamil Guardian. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Lankan forces photographed killing Prabhakaran's 12-yr-old son". Deccan Herald. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  5. ^ Debarshi Dasgupta (22 February 2013). "'These Photographs Are Genuine'". Outlook. Retrieved 18 July 2021.