Like Fr. Karunaratnam being killed by a landmine Fr. Nicholaspillai Packiyaranjith was also a claymore victim last year. He was killed near Vellankulam junction in LTTE controlled Mannar region on Sep 26th last year.The LRRP also called deep penetration unit was blamed.
Nicholas Pillai was born in Jaffna and joined the Mannar diocese and was ordained as a Jesuit priest on December 17, 1997 .He was also the District Coordinator of Mannar for the Jesuit Refugee Service which helped and worked with war displaced Tamils.His death is part of a series of killing of Tamil human rights workers.
Mannaar city stood at standstill and people flocked to the entrance of the city Thursday, 27 September 2007 at 1:10 p.m. while the remains of Rev. Fr. Nicholaspillai Packiyaranjith, the Mannar district coordinator of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), killed allegedly by the Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit (DPU), reached the city. The reamins were escorted by Mannar Bishop Rt. Rev. Rayappu Joseph from Vavuniyaa to Bishop's House in Mannaar as thousands mourned along the way from Murungkan to Mannar. The priest was killed Wednesday when he was taking humanitarian supplies to displaced children in Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) controlled areas of Mannar district.