Col. Kumarasinghe’s funeral toady
The funeral of Colonel Nalinda Kumarasinghe of the 5th Gemunu Watch,
will take place today, Jan. 11 at Ballapana General Cemetery with full
military honours. At the time of death, Colonel Kumarasinghe was the
Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion of the Gemunu Watch under the
Air Mobile Brigade, Jaffna.
Col. Kumarasinghe was posthumously promoted as he succumbed to his
injuries due to an explosion of an LTTE cluster bomb in Pulopallai area.
Cluster bombs are banned in present warfare under the United Nation
Convention. Colonel Kumarasinghe will be the seniormost military
official to lay his life in the Vanni humanitarian operation.
Colonel Nalinda Kumarasinghe born in Ratnapura on July 20, 1967 was a
product of the Ratnapura Seevali Central College. He joined the Sri
Lanka Army in 1987.
The brilliant senior officer was selected as an Officer Commanding in
the first Gemunu Watch contingent and was sent for service in Haiti on
UN Peace Keeping mission. Colonel Kumarasinghe was an excellent officer
sharpened by foreign and local military training including a number of
local advanced military and academic courses and Young Officers’ Course
in Bangladesh and Junior Commanders’ Course in Pakistan.
He took part in many military operations such as ‘Balawegaya I’,
‘Balawegaya II’, ‘Riviresa’, ‘Hideout’, ‘Thrividha Balaya’, ‘Akunu
Pahara’, ‘Gajasinghe’ and ‘Bhumikampa’ conducted against the LTTE. He
was conferred with gallantry awards of ‘Rana Wickrema Padakkama’ and
‘Rana Sura Padakkama’.
‘Purna Bhumi’, North and East Operations, Riviresa Campaign Service,
50th Independence Anniversary Commemoration, Sri Lanka Army 50th
Anniversary, Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Service and Peace Keeping
Operations are among the other decoration medals he earned for his
service. He leaves his wife Nilmi and 10-year-old son Nadil.