[TamilNet,] The Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) Friday demanded that culprits behind the brutal murder of a young Tamil teacher Miss Kurukulasingham Srivathani should be arrested without delay and be brought before court of law and to ensure the security of the teaching community.
The Trincomalee district branch of the CTU has issued a press release on behalf of its parent union Friday that the security of teachers who serve in remote schools far away from their own villages are threatened with the cruel killing of Srivathani.
This would hamper the education of rural students.
The authorities concerned should take this into serious consideration and should ensure the security of teachers serving in rural areas far away from the home towns.
Moothoor villagers demand their security ensured after teacher murder
Students, teachers, education officials and members of public in large numbers went in a procession Friday morning from Cheanaiyoor Central College to Champoor Police Station in the Moothoor East in Trincomalee district demanding that the culprits behind the brutal killing of a young unmarried Tamil teacher Miss Kurukulasingham Srivathani that took place on Thursday should be arrested. Srivathani left home Wednesday as usual in her scooter to Paaddaa’li-puram Government Tamil Mixed School in the Moothoor education zone, about seven km away from her place Cheanaiyoor-Kaddaipa’richchaan, which is located between two Sri Lanka Army camps, one at Paaddaa’li-puram and the other at Chanthosa-puram. Moothoor East, previously a part of the de facto Tamil Eelam administration by the LTTE is now fully occupied by the SL military.
A delegation of the civil groups at the conclusion of the procession met the Officer-in-Charge of the Champoor Police Station and put forward a demand to ensure the security of teachers and students and public in the Moothoor East.
Miss Srivathani with garland at World Teachers Day event in her school two months ago
Later in the afternoon a condolence meeting was held in the Kaddaipa’richchaan residence of the murdered teacher Miss Kurukulasingham Srivathani who was born on 20 February 1978.
Her body was kept at the residence for the public to pay their last respects.
Moothoor Zonal Director of Education Mr.A.Vijeyanandamoorthy, former Trincomalee district parliamentarian Mr.K.Thurairatnasingham and several others spoke at the condolence meeting.
They said the death of Miss Srivathani was an irreparable loss to the educational development of Moothoor at a time student community needed dedicated teachers. Mr.S.Suntharamoorthy, Principal of the Paaddaa’lipuram Government Tamil Mixed School presided.
Later in the afternoon around three p.m. the remains of Srivathani were buried in the Hindu Cemetery at Kaddaipa’richchaan amid cries from students, teachers and people of Moothoor East.
Miss Srivathani passed out as a trained teacher from the Batticaloa Teacher Training College in 2006 and got her first appointment at Paaddaa’lipuram School.
She was honored at her school at an event held two months back on the World Teachers Day for her dedicated service.
She met her tragic death while she was on her way to school in her scooter on Thursday. Later her body was recovered from a shrub, three miles off Cheanaiyoor with cut injuries on her head.
Except her ear-ring all jewelry she was wearing and her handbag with the salary for the month of November had been reported missing. Her scooter was found lying near her body.
Young female Tamil teacher killed in Moothoor East
The body of a Tamil teacher aged 25 with cut injuries on her head was discovered from a shrub in Moothoor east Thursday morning by the Moothoor Police on a tip off from members of public. She had been a teacher at Paaddaa’li-puram Government Tamil Mixed School. Moothoor East area is now under the full control of the Sri Lanka Army and Moothoor Police since the end of the war.
Ms. Srivathani Kurukulasingham left home Wednesday as usual in her scooter to Paaddaa’li-puram Government Tamil Mixed School in the Moothoor education zone, about seven km away from her place Cheanaiyoor-Kaddaipa’richchaan, which is located between two SLA camps one at Paaddaa’li-puram and another at Chanthosa-puram.
But she failed to return home the same day as usual.
Parents of the teacher made a complaint to the Champoor Police.
Her body with cut injuries was recovered Thursday morning by the police following a tip off, three km away from her village along the road that leads to her school.
Except the ear-ring of the victim, all other jewelry she was wearing on Wednesday, were reported missing.
The body is being kept at the Moothoor Base Hospital for postmortem examination and magisterial inquest, sources said.