Asian Human Rights Commission
Mr. Rajavarothayan Kavirajan (27) of Nalloor, Punarin in Kilinochchi District, a final year student of Art Faculty of the Jaffna University was severely assaulted by members of an unknown group, who are believed to be of the country’s military intelligence units, in Jaffna on 24 October 2011. Rajavarothayan was seriously injured, and was admitted to the Kilinochchi General Hospital and then on the next day considering the severity of the condition he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Rajavarothayan organized many protests against the attack on his fellow student and the President of the Jaffna University Student Union on 16 October 2011. None of Sri Lanka’s law enforcement agencies have begun a transparent investigation into the incident. The fate of a civil rights activist is in danger. Thavapalasingham’s relatives and the rest of Sri Lankan civil society are waiting for the perpetrator to be caught and justice to be appropriately delivered. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.
According to the information that the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) received Mr. Rajavarothayan Kavirajan (27) of Nalloor, Punarin in Kilinochchi District was assaulted by unknown armed group on 24 October 2011.
Rajavarothayan is a resident of Nalloor, Punarin in Kilinochchi. He is a final year student at the Art Faculty of the University of Jaffna. Rajavarothayan actively participated in several student protests organized by the Jaffna University Student Union demanding justice against the assault of its president Subramaniyam Thavapalasingham on 16 October 2011. In the protest students observed several military officials video graphing the protests. Rajavarothayan was one of the leaders who organized the protests against the attack against their student leader.
On 24 October around 2pm, Rajavarothayan, after visiting one of his relatives, was on his way home. When he was passing the Paranthan Junction on Punareen Pranthan Road an armed gang approached by a three wheeler and started to assault him with iron bars. The injured Rajavarothayan fell to the ground and the attackers continued to assaulting him stones resulting in serious facial injuries.
The people of the brought Rajavarothayan to the Kilinochchi General Hospital for treatment but considering the severity of his condition Rajavarothayan was transferred to Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Then Rajavarothayan was treated in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in critical condition. Rajavarothayan is presently warded at ward No: 28 as in door patient. The victim states that the attack was made by the military intelligence units in order to suppress the protests and demonstrations of the students unions. The eye-witnesses allege that the attackers were from the military intelligence units of the country due to the behavior of the perpetrators and the instances of recording the scene of attack on video cameras by military intelligence officers while the students were protesting.
None of Sri Lanka’s law enforcement agencies have begun a transparent investigation into the incident. The fate of a civil rights activist is in danger and the victim’s relatives and the rest of Sri Lankan civil society are waiting for the perpetrators to be caught and justice to be appropriately delivered. This case is yet another illustration of the fact that the authorities turn a blind eye when people that they consider opponents or potential opponents to the regime in power are attacked in broad daylight.