Tamil who fled Lanka dies in UK
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A Tamil man who escaped alleged persecution in Sri Lanka and moved to the Britain after gaining asylum in Germany in 1993, died following a confrontation with a group of teenagers in the east Midlands town of Leicester.
Local police have appealed for witnesses after launching a murder investigation into the death of Ponnuthurai Nimalaraja, 41, who died a week after he was found with serious head injuries sustained during the confrontation on June 9.
Six boys, aged 15, 13 and four aged 14, and a girl aged 14 have been arrested as part of the murder investigation, and have been released on bail.
The deceased's wife, Mathanika Nimalaraja urged parents to come forward and help the investigation if they had any information about the incident.
She told the Leicester Mercury, a leading local daily, that her husband faced persecution in Sri Lanka. She said: "He was beaten all over his body by soldiers from an army camp. He went to live in Colombo. He left because it was not a safe place to live and was given asylum in Germany in 1993".
Mathanika said her husband decided to move to England because he wanted the children to speak English.
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