The video also shows the bodies of other men and women lying on the ground.
Leading war crimes lawyer Julian Knowles, from Matrix Chambers, told Channel 4 News the video was “astonishing evidence” of a type he had only seen “a handful of times” showing the mass killing of civilians or unarmed combatants, a serious war crime.
The video was shot towards the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, which ended in 2009, between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group, known as the Tamil Tigers.
Channel 4 News can now reveal that one of the victims was a high profile member of the Tamil Tigers – but her role was as a journalist rather than a direct fighter as a result of a heart condition. “She never carried a gun and her physical condition did not permit her to go to the battlefield.
Known as the last "forest scientists" of the world, the Irulas have been snake catchers for generations.
While in Pallathur, her mother had started vomiting out blood, hence Manorama decided to start working as maid and dropped out of school at the age of 11.Once a drama troupe had come to Pallathur but the actress who was to play a small part suddenly dropped out due to her inability to sing and the troupe was looking for an artiste who could act and sing as well.The drama troupe decided to give her this role in the drama titled Andhaman Kadhali.She was a recipient of the Kalaimamani award, Padma Shri (2002), National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in film Pudhiya Padhai (1989), and Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (1995).She mentioned her indebtedness to her mother for her success: Many of the mother roles that she has played in films resemble her own mother.