Padaviya amok case
Date August 22, 1999
Location(s) Padaviya, Sri Lanka
Killed 6
Perpetrator P. G. Sarath
Weapon(s) Automatic rifle

On August 22, 1999 P. G. Sarath, a Sri Lankan civilian, who had been armed by police for local security, killed six people in Padaviya, Sri Lanka. That night Sarath had a heated argument with his girlfriend's parents, and when neighbours rushed into their home to intervene he took his automatic rifle and opened fire, killing amongst others two women and a 5-year-old child, before shooting himself dead. None of the victims were members of his girlfriend's family.[1][2][3][4]


  1. Sri Lanka policeman on shooting spree kills seven, Reuters (August 23, 1999)
  2. Sri Lankan civilian police guard kills six over girlfriend, Agence France-Presse (August 23, 1999)
  3. S. Lanka Policeman on Shooting Spree Kills Seven, Tehran Times (August 24, 1999)
  4. Lankan shoots six in row over fiancee, The Straits Times (August 25, 1999)

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