Students protest arrest

Place: Jaffna | Courtesy: TamilNet
| Date: 20000128

Students of Vasavilan Central School and Urumpirai Chandrothaya School today boycotted classes protesting against the arrest two students and their mother by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), parents said.

A few days ago the Sri Lanka Army arrested a woman Sriskandarajah and her two children, Priya (16) and Vinoth (12). They are now under army custody, parents said.

Parents and students now demand the immediate release of the mother and two children.The boycott would continue until they are released, student sources said.


Vasavillan school boycott to continue

[TamilNet, January 29, 2000 22:17 GMT]

Student representatives of the Vasavillan Madhya Maha Vidyalayam in Jaffna have notified that the boycott protesting the arrest of one of their fellow student, Priya Sriskandarajah, by the Criminal Investigating Division (CID) will continue from Monday.

The school boycott entered the second day on Friday.

The CID branch also arrested Priya's mother and her brother and have taken the three to Colombo.

Students in several other schools in the Valikamam Second District also began the boycott yesterday in support of their fellow students in Vasavillan Madhya Maha Vidyalayam.

Meanwhile, Ganeshalingam Gajendran, a student at the Vasavillan Madhya Maha Vidyalayam was arrested and questioned by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA).

The SLA soldiers manning the checkpoint near the Urumpirai Katpakapillaiyar Kovil arrested Gajendran yesterday and released him only after questioning him for several hours.


CTTU to support Vasavillan students boycott

[TamilNet, February 01, 2000 00:11 GMT]

The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) has issued a statement stating that its members would be forced to boycott schools along with students if the SLA failed to release the two pupils arrested and detained by them in Jaffna district.

Priya aged 16 is a student at Vasavilan Maha Vidyalayam. Her brother Vinoth aged 12 is a student at Urumpirai Chandrothaya Vidyalayam. Both were arrested when they were in their classrooms studying. The SLA also took their mother into custody with her children.

They are now in the custody of the SLA. Students in Jaffna district are now boycotting schools demanding the immediate release of these students and their mother.

Now the Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union has alerted its members to be prepared to join the boycotting campaign with students if the SLA failed to release the two pupils.

Mr.T.Mahasivam, General Secretary of the CTTU said in the statement that the boycott campaign would be extended to schools in other districts in the north east province if the authorities failed to release the arrested students.

The CTTU has condemned the arrests of two students while they were in their respective schools. According to Principals of these schools, these two students attended classes regularly.The security forces have failed to take into consideration the assurances given by the Principals that the two students were not involved in any criminal activities, CTTU statement said.


University students to join student boycott

[TamilNet, February 01, 2000 17:18 GMT]

Jaffna University Students' Union has announced that its members would boycott classes from Thursday if the authorities failed to release the two students arrested on January 25 by the Police when they were in their respective schools.

A spokesman of the Union said that they have appealed to sister unions in other universities to extend their support to the proposed boycott action.

In the meantime, the SLA has asked the Principal of the Vasavilan MMV to summon the School Development Society on Wednesday, parents said. Priya, one of the students now being detained is a student of Vasavilan MMV.

Meanwhile, today too students boycotted schools in the peninsula, demanding the release of Priya and Vinoth, students of Vasavilan MMV and Urumpirai Chandrodhaya Vidiyalayam respectively.

About 436 schools in Jaffna district are affected by the students' boycott, education department sources said.

The SLA arrested eleven students who were distributing leaflets in Jaffna today protesting against the detention of Priya and Vinoth.

The students are from the American Mission School in Udupiddy in Vadamaradchi. They have been detained at the Valvettithurai Sri Lanka Army camp and have not been released so far.


Detained students released

[TamilNet, February 02, 2000 12:42 GMT]

Two students, Priya and Vinoth, and their mother Sriskandarajah Valarmathi were released by the Jaffna Police around 2.30 p.m. this afternoon, security sources said.

The mother and her two children were brought to Palaly Army Headquarters by a special plane from Colombo around 1.30 p.m. today.

Mr. Kahawatte, a Police Officer who accompanied the three from Colombo, handed them to the HQ Inspector of Police, Kankesanthurai, Mr. Upudeniya, at the Palaly air base. Later they were handed to R. Mahalingam, Grama Sevaka Officer, Urumpirai West. Thereafter they were brought to the Jaffna Police and released.

Ms. A. S. Nadarajah and K. Anandarajah, Principals of Vasavilan MMV and Urumpirai Chandrodhaya Vidyalayam respectively were at the Jaffna Police when the mother and her two children were released. Zonal Director of Education R. Varatharajah was also there.

Sriskandarajah Valarmathi and her two children were taken into custody on January 25. Later they were taken to Colombo for interrogation.